The Menhirs of Carnac

The Menhirs of Carnac
The Menhirs of Carnac

This megalithic complex located in north-western France is simply the largest prehistoric monument on the entire planet. There are other artistic jewels of the Prehistory more famous such as Stonehenge in England or more beautiful such as the cave paintings of the Altamira Cave inSpain, but no other legacy of Prehistory is as great as the thousands of Menhirs of Carnac.


Menhirs of Carnac

In fact, another name for the monument is the Carnac Alignments given its development over several kilometers, with the arrangement of the menhirs in several rows. And all this has come down to our days after thousands of years of history, since it is estimated that they were placed in times of the Neolithic between the IV and III millennium BC.

The monument has four different areas. They are Le Ménec, Kermario, Kerlescan and Le Petit Ménec.

The largest of all is that of Le Ménec, where there are no more and no less than 1,099 menhirs arranged along 1,200 meters in 11 rows that form a curve and that They are about 100 meters wide. The dimensions are impressive. And it is even more striking to know that in its eastern and western ends there were two cromlechs, one of which is quite poorly preserved, but in the other one can still see its layout made up of 70 menhirsarranged in a circle of 100 meters in diameter.

Curiously, the menhirs are arranged in a decreasing size from west to east, the highest being 4 meters high and the smallest less than a meter high.

The set of Kermario is also impressive, with very similar dimensions. In this case "only" 982 menhirs arranged in 10 rows. Also here there are different heights, with some up to 7 meters high. And outside the rows there is also a burial mound and a short distance away is the one called Gigante de Manio, which is a menhir that is alone and isolated and whose size is impressive with its more than 6 meters tall.

As for Kerlescan, it is smaller than the previous ones, with 540 menhirs arranged in a plot 140 meters wide and 880 meters long, and distributed in 13 rows. It's smaller but it also has its cromlech and the set is the best preserved of Carnac. Although it would surely be larger, since the area of ​​Le Petit Ménec with barely a hundred stones would be its extension.

And the big question. What was all this? It is not known. It would have a funerary use and a link with astronomy, that seems quite likely. But no one knows how to explain the reason for such a formation. So the imagination has been fired in many "scientists" who have seen here from the remains of the Universal Flood to the fossilized remains of an immense prehistoric snake.

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