TV network France24 has made a fascinating short film about Brittany’s famous prehistoric remains.
The standing stones at Stonehenge in England may be the best-known prehistoric site in the world. But Carnac, located south east of Lorient, and the surrounding area, is home to the world’s biggest collection of megalithic remains.
Brittany’s ‘Megalithic Way’ has some 10,000 standing stones and other structures including stone tombs and burial mounds. These relics of our Neolithic forbears were erected as long ago as 4,500 BC and mystery surrounds the purpose of many of the structures.
While the function of the tombs is obvious enough, there has been endless speculation about what motivated men 6,500 years ago, before the invention of the wheel, to haul heavy stones over large distances and to plant them upright in the ground. Some believe they served a religious function, part of a cult of sun or moon worship, perhaps. Others see them as a giant agricultural calendar, using the alignment of the stones with the heavenly bodies to guide annual planting and harvesting.
Whatever the truth, the area is well worth a visit and an essential part of any trip to Brittany.