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Bordermarkers 184-196

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Bm184, but apparently without a number on it.

Photographed on
20090527
(more pictures on that page)
Bm185

Photographed on
20090527
(more pictures on that page)
Bm186, apparently the original number has weathered/faded away. This is my own with chalk.


Photographed on
20090527
Bm187

Photographed on
20090527
Bm188

Photographed on
20090527
(more pictures on that page)
Bm189

Photographed on
20090527
(more pictures on that page)
Bm190, allmost overgrown in the undergrowth

Photographed on
20090527
(more pictures on that page)
Bm191

Photographed on
20090528
(more pictures on that page)
Bm191

Photographed on
20110816

Bm192

Photographed on
20090528
Bm192

Photographed on
20110816
(more pictures on that page)
Bm193

Photographed on
20090528
Bm193

Photographed on
20110816
(more pictures on that page)
Bm194

Photographed on
20090528
(more pictures on that page)
Bm194

Photographed on
20110816
(more pictures on that page)
Bm195

Photographed on
20090528
(more pictures on that page)
Bm195

Photographed on
20110816

Bm196, not found yet

Searched on
20090528
and
20100510
and
20110816
and
20120512
and
20120825

but FOUND on
20130531

See hereunder for the story of its discovery.

In january 2011 I learned from Charles et Josette Darrieu that this bm had almost been covered under the surface in 1976. It's place: besides the venta-building and underneath  the word ESPAÑOLA, at the foot of a small wall and next to an entrance gate to a meadow.

Their source: "La frontière des Pyrénées", p134 - 5° by Jean SERMET. This picture is from this book. Sermet tells that this borderstone was larger than the other ones in this region en had a diamond-shaped top.
We can spot the former entrance gate to the meadow on this older 'orthophoto', captured from the Navarran cartographic site Sitna.

In recent years (2008?) the meadow has been transformed in a parking lot for the enlarged venta-complex.
Javier Marténez Ruiz (see the bibliography-page) describes its position as "in front of Venta Berri, left of the entrance gate to the meadow".

But on 25 august 2012, I will learn that its exact position was at the right side of  the gate.

The farmers of the former meadows showed me its position, buried since the seventies.



This unique picture shows the original situation of bm196. This picture showed up three months AFTER the final excavation in may 2013, as shown hereunder.

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

And we can show it on this Google Streetview-picture of september 2008. The parking-lot has been recently constructed as you can see.
On  25 august 2012, I tried to excavate the bm but the ground was too dense/hard.

But the spot was right, according to the farmers of the former meadow
On 31 may 2013 (more pictures on that page) I returned with Jan-Willem Doomen for a last try.

And we found it!

I was 99% sure this block was indeed bm196 although digging further to uncover a number was too much for us.

Two days later (on 20130602) we returned to make some more pictures.
But 2 months later - on july 31th - I received pictures of Anne-Marie Bats and Bernadette Chasseur. They have continued where Jan-Willem and I had to stop and delivered the ultimate evidence:


Bm196

Photographed on
20130903
(more pictures on that page)

Bm196

But in may 2014 covered again. Photo by Lucien Thomas.

Charles and Josette als found bm196 in this condition but interpreted the covers and the loose sand filling up the gap as a means of protection and to prevent car accidents.

However – on 12 august 2014 – bm196 has been raised from it’s grave by the two delimitation delegations of Navarre and the Pyrénées Atlantiques

The bm has been lifted half-way to appear again for every passer-by and to honour it’s significance as a  cultural-
historical monument as all bordermarkers are.

These two delimitation delegations have been a successful couple on more bm-restauration tasks.
In this case I know that they have been reminded by bm-expert Javier Martínez Ruiz of the sad situation of bm196.

Bm196

Photographed on
20140831
(more pictures on that page)

And this text comes from the proceedings of the village-council of Luzaide-Valcarlos, sent to me by Oskar Gerenu.
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