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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
Map of Brittany with Carnac
Origin of Carnac stones Erected during the Neolithic period ( 4500 BC to 2000 BC) Inhabitants used polished stone tools
How old are the stones? These stones have stood here over 6500 years!
Characteristics of stones They are Limestone rock( a fairly soft rock consisting of organic remains) Height: 10-20 feet
Menhir A large upright standing stone
Dolmen A lintel or horizontal stone placed over two menhirs
Arrangement Stones are arranged in rows 10,000 stones across countryside
Ancient burial site? Could stones represent burial sites of ancestors?
Purpose of stones is uncertain: Possibly used by Druids (ancient Celtic wizards) for human sacrifice Early calendars Territorial markers
Local legend Bretons say that stones are a Roman legion turned to stone by Merlin (the wizard in the legend of King Arthur)
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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