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Scattered across Europe are several
megalithic monuments, but perhaps the greatest of them is the
assembly at Carnac. Here there are more stones than anywhere else
Scattered across Europe are several megalithic monuments, but perhaps the greatest of them is the assembly at Carnac. Here there are more stones than anywhere else in Europe and are arranged in the largest-scale pattern over an area that is 4km long. The earth mounds and standing stones of Carnac are some of the oldest man-made structures in Europe and consist of the largest megalithic monument on the continent. But yet, its purpose still remains a mystery.
The Carnac complex includes three groupings of menhirs, which in Welsh translates to tall, free-standing stone. Today there are about three thousand menhirs standing, only maybe half the original number of stones. Some eroded by time, some by pillagers and amateur archaeologists and others by natural disasters. These stones are said to have been erected at different times but all between 4500BC to 2000BC, about the same time as the Stonehenge.
One of the theories about Carnac is that it was a religious centre, and the stones were worshiped by the ancient Bretons. Another belief is that the stones were said to have increased fertility, and so barren women would spend several nights sleeping on a flat stone laid horizontally across several standing ones. Many people also believe that the standing stones represent the spirits of ancestors, eternally petrifies. Nevertheless, the Carnac though less popular than its cousin the Stonehenge, but still is a brilliant glimpse of life in the olden ages.