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Faux is a small village several kilometres from Lanquais whose dolmens are mentioned in several works on the subject.
It is situated in the canton of Issigeac in the south of the Dordogne, and is serviced by the Bergerac, Lalinde and Beaumont roads. It has a surface area of 1607 ha and a population of 620* ‘Fallois’.

The name ‘Faux’ comes from the word ‘fagues’ meaning ‘Beech’. According to legend the dolmens mark battle sites.



Local History

Prehistoric and Celtic Era
As in most communes of the area all sorts of prehistoric arms and tools (smooth axe heads, polishing instruments, knives, scrapers, arrows etc.) have been dug up in the fields of Faux and can now be seen at Bordeaux Museum.

Druid monuments in the shape of dolmens can be found at various sites in the commune.
The commune of Faux also has an impressive prehistoric cave.

Roman Era
Several villages - La Genèbre, La Barde, La Robertie, La Jasse etc. are, so it is claimed, of Roman origin. Farming and excavation works at La Buth have unearthed fragments of edged, thick tiles of a reddy-brown colour which have all the hallmarks of Roman fabrication.
Near La Genèbre at the hamlet of ‘Le Placial’ is an old cemetery dating from the early Merovingian era which harbours a number of stone coffins whose lids are hewn from the same material.

The Middle Ages
Faux belonged to the seneschalsy of Sarlat whose jurisdiction extended over a parish including all of the commune of Faux and part of that of Verdon.
Faux church has St Saturnine as patron saint, and the old, small church built in 1555 but representative of no one particular style, was demolished and rebuilt in 1856 - 1860. The spire was added from 1886 - 1888. The new church and spire were built in the Byzantine style.

(official population on January 1, 2017)

Text translated by Pays du Grand Bergeracois (professional translator).