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Bordermarkers 014-036

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Bm014

Photographed on
20090403
(more pictures on that page)
Bm015

Photographed on
20090403
Bm016

Photographed on
20090403
Bm017

Photographed on
20090403
Bm018

Photographed on
20090403
(more pictures on that page)
Bm018 and 019

Photographed on
20090403
(more pictures on that page)
Bm019

Photographed on
20090403
(more pictures on that page)
Serge Poncet found in 2014 an intermediary (and unmarked) marker between bm019 and bm020 on the borderline. On top of it: traces of a cross

Its location: ± 50m from bm019, amidst nasty blackberry.
Bm020

Photographed on
20090403
(more pictures on that page)
Bm021

Photographed on
20090403
(more pictures on that page)

Note the strange side-to-side hole with no obvious  function. It's the first of a couple of renewed bordermarkers of this type with such a peculiar hole.  The last one is bm032.

In 2011 I learn from Charles Darrieu that these  holes were drilled at purpose for a metal pole  to facilitate the  placement of the markers.

This picture shows a part of the previous bordermarker. Apparently the borderdermarker was shattered in pieces by a large fire in around 1967. The new bordermarker was placed in 2003.

Photographed in the years 2000-2003. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea

If you would keep to the ridge from bm021 up to La Rhune, you can spot  various  unnumbere crosses. Robert Darrieumerlou shows them on this page and the following ones.

Bm022

Photographed on
20090403
(more pictures on that page)

Not an official bordermarker but  a very large cairn on the Petite Rhune on the borderline between bm022 and bm023.
La Rhune in the background.

Bm023

Photographed on
20090404
Bm024

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)
On the summit of the famous hilltop La Rhune there are several unnumbered bordermarkers.

This yellow stripe on the balustrade is a bordermarker on his own. Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in febr. 2014)

This picture was supplied in june 2013 by Javier Martínez Ruiz. It appears to be the first unnumbered marker in the line from bm024 to 025.

It can be seen from the terrace at the summit.

Jacques Koleck sent me in may 2013 pictures of three other - unnumbered - intermediate bordermarkers on the hilltop of La Rhune.

Two of them are between bm024 and bm025.

This is the first and should have been the center of the hermitage which once occupied this hilltop.

Another view of this  intermediate bm.

And a close-up.
And then - in beween -another yellow line = the borderline.

Photographed by myself on
20090404

The second one is further on along a venta

with this picture looking in the direction of bm025

and finally this close-up.
Bm025

Photographed on
20090404




This is a picture of the previous marker 025, broken in pieces.

Photographed in the years 2000-2003. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.


Between bm025 and 026, there is another unnumbered borderstone: about 1 meter high and with an engraved cross on top of it.
Bm026

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)

Picture of the previous marker, lying flat.

Photographed in february 2002. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.
 Bm027

Photographed on
20090404

Picture of the previous marker 27, broken in half.

Photographed in february 2002. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea .

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.

Bm028

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)

Picture of the previous marker 28, broken in half.

Photographed in february 2002. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea .

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.
And this old bm028 can still be found in the streambed , as this recent picture tells us. Note: the imprint of the 8 in the soil.

It's was discovered by Jacques Koleck and it's located ± 12m below the current bm028

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in febr. 2014)


Close to bm028 there's a cross engraved in a rock.

Picture by Javier Martínez Ruiz taken on august 12th, 2013
Another picture of the same scene of bm028 with the bordercross nearby which shows the cross better.

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in febr. 2014)
But between bm028 and 029, there's another unnumbered bm, discovered by Jacques Koleck.

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in march 2014)

It migt be difficult to find it when the grass and weed is high and Jacques gives somes directions coming from bm029.
- leave the path and go in a straight line towards the col where bm028 and 029 are
- you'll find 4 boulders of puddingstone ('poudingue' in French) in this order: one large, one smaller, one large, one small
-this bm is ± 15m N of the second boulder
The bm in closeup.

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in march 2014)
Bm029

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)
Alt 46m south of bm029 (you can spot bm029 in the distance) there's an intermediate bm, also discovered by Jacques Koleck.
It's the first of two.

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in march 2014)
Ths bm in close-up

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in march 2014)
Same intermediate bm but now looking S where the second intermediate marker can be found.

The spot is indicated with a black cross, it's 70m west of the path.




This second intermediate marker - also discovered by Jacques Koleck -  lies flat.

It's very special because it has a cross on both sides! That's what Jaques wrote me.
But he sent me only pictures of one side.

Pictures provided by Jacques Koleck in march 2014.
Bm030

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)

Picture of the previous marker 30, broken in half.

Photographed in february 2002. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.
Bm031

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)

Picture of the previous marker 31, broken in half.

Photographed in february 2002. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.
Bm032

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)

Picture of the previous marker 32, broken in pieces.

Photographed in february 2002. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.
But part of the old bm32 is still there with the 3 and 2 partial visible.

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in febr. 2014)


Bm033

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)

Picture of the previous marker 33, broken in half.

Photographed in february 2002. Source: "The Murgoi-files" of Jesús Murueta Goikoetxea

The new bordermarker was found 'in sito' in june 2003.
Bm034

Photographed on
20090404
Between bm034 and 035 there's another unnumbered bm, discovered by Jacques Koleck. It's ± 60m from bm035.

Picture provided by Jacques Koleck (in febr. 2014)

Bm035

Photographed on
20090404
Bm036

Photographed on
20090404
(more pictures on that page)





The peculiar 'table" - mentioned in the Procčs-Verbal - is a smaller rebuilt in the 1980-ies  of an ancient predecessor  which disappeared probably around 1880.  The table was the bordermarker between the communities of Sare of Vera and served as a meeting point for discussing intercommunal problems.

All this is explained more in detail  in this article of Jean Sermet, including older pictures of bm036.
Interesting: Sermet states that is an original - and well preserved - bordermarker of the 19th century. That is a recurring question: which bordermarkers are original and which are replacements.  If this an original, then we can identify many previous and next bordermarkers as original by their similar lay-out and typography.

See also Vigor & Sanz - Travesía de los Mugarris - at page 25 - who tell us that the marker behind the table is much older then bm036 and was a bordermarker of the once mighty monastery of Urdazabi. In december 2013, this one was vandalized.

This is an old picture, captured from the documentary "L'homme de la frontičre" on Jean Sermet. Date unknown (60-ties or 70-ties, I guess).

It strikes that both table and marker look brand new while above there's mentioning of the bordermarker being an original one from th 19th century.

From the same documentary: we see a giant monument, now disappeared.

In december 2013 I got this newspaper-article from Lucien Thomas: the mediaval bordermarker on the other side of the table had disappeared.

That is to say: it was simply (and shamelessly) sawn from its base. This article comes from the “Journal Sud-Ouest”:
Jacques Koleck visited the spot in febr. 2014 and sent me pictures of the current situation:

We can see what’s left over: the base. What also strikes: the famous table (see this webpage) has received an upgrade. The wooden logs have been replaced by stone banks which much have been done in 2011/2012.
And a close up of what's left.

High upon the hill S of bm036 and towards or close to bm037,  there's this unnumbered intermediate stone with an engraved cross upon it.

It resembles the intermediate bm's at La Rhune.
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