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Carnac Mysterious stones of France. Location Located on the Southwest coast of Brittany Brittany (or Bretagne) is a region in Northern France 

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1 Carnac Mysterious stones of France

2 Location Located on the Southwest coast of Brittany Brittany (or Bretagne) is a region in Northern France 

3 Map of Brittany with Carnac 

4 Origin of Carnac stones Erected during the Neolithic period ( 4500 BC to 2000 BC) Inhabitants used polished stone tools

5 How old are the stones? These stones have stood here over 6500 years!

6 Characteristics of stones They are Limestone rock( a fairly soft rock consisting of organic remains) Height: feet

7 Menhir A large upright standing stone

8 Dolmen A lintel or horizontal stone placed over two menhirs

9 Arrangement Stones are arranged in rows 10,000 stones across countryside

10 Ancient burial site? Could stones represent burial sites of ancestors?

11 Purpose of stones is uncertain: Possibly used by Druids (ancient Celtic wizards) for human sacrifice Early calendars Territorial markers

12 Local legend Bretons say that stones are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin (the wizard in the legend of King Arthur)

13 Tourism Carnac is visited by those who seek to discover the secrets of the stones Many people go to meditate and ponder the mystery of the stones Seek the healing power of stones

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