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Carnac sites
These are listed under their individual names. There are so many sites in and around Carnac that there is no clear line between which sites are in Carnac and those outside Carnac.
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Alignements de Kerlescan Alignement
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Alignements de Kermario Alignement
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Alignements de Kerzerho Alignement
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Alignements de Ménec Alignement
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Alignements de Moulin de St Pierre Alignement
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Alignements de Petit-Ménec Alignement
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Alignements de St Barbe Alignement
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Alignements de Vieux Moulin Alignement
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Allee Couverte du Grand-Village Allee-Couverte
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Bot er Mohed Allee-Couverte
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Bronzo Standing Stone / Menhir
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Coët-er-Bei Alignement
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Cromlech de Crucuny Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Cromlech de Kerbourgnec Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Cromlech de Kerlescan Nord Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Cromlech de Kerlescan Ouest Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Cromlech de Ménec Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Crucuno Rectangle Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Dolmens Des Grays Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmens de Kerhuen Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmens de Kerran Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmens de Mane Kerioned Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmens de Parc Gueren Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmens de Quéric la Lande Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmens de Rondossec Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen des Sept Saints Allee-Couverte
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Dolmen de Beaumer Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Botlann Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Crucuno Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kercadoret Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kerclément Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kergavat Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kerguerhen Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kerlescan Passage Grave
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Dolmen de Kerluir Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kerlutu Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kermané Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kermario Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kermarquer Burial Chamber
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Dolmen de Kerroc'h Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Kervehennec Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de la Madeleine Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Mané Croc'h Chambered Tomb
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Dolmen de Roh-an-Aod Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Runesto Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen de Toulvern Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen du Cosquer Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen Du Crapaud Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen du Cruz Moquen Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dolmen du Roh-Du Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Er-Grah Cairn(s)
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Er-Roc'h-Feutet Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Er Lannic Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Géant du Manio Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gavr'inis Chambered Cairn
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Grand Menhir Brise Standing Stone / Menhir
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Kergonfalz Allee-Couverte
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Kerlud Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Larcuste cairns Chambered Cairn
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La Loge Aux Loups Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Les Pierres Droites de Monteneuf Alignement
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Les Pierres Plats Allée-Coudée
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Les Trois Menhirs du Champ Alignement
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Luffang Allée-Coudée
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Mane-Er-Hrouek Tumulus (France and Brittany)
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Mané Bogad Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Mané Braz Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Mané Keriavel Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Mane Lud Tumulus (France and Brittany)
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Mané Roularde Allee-Couverte
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Mané Rutuel Passage Grave
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Menhirs Beg-er-Goalennec Standing Stones
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Menhirs de Kerjean Alignement
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Menhirs de Mané-Meur Standing Stones
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Menhir de Kerluir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Le Petit Mont Chambered Cairn
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Quadrilataire de Manio Tertre Tumulaire
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Table des Marchants Chambered Cairn
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Tertre Tumulaire de Kermario Tertre Tumulaire
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Tumulus de Crucuny Tumulus (France and Brittany)
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Tumulus de Kercado Tumulus (France and Brittany)
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Tumulus de Rocher Tumulus (France and Brittany)
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Tumulus de St Michel Tumulus (France and Brittany)
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Tumulus du Moustoir Tumulus (France and Brittany)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Dolmen et Menhir de Carnac-Plage Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech

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St. Cornely was Pope at Rome, from whence he was hunted by Pagan soldiers who pursued him. He fled before them, accompanied by a yoke of oxen, which bore his baggage and on which he mounted when weary. One evening he arrived on the outskirts of a village called Le Moustoir where he wished to stop; having, however, heard a young girl insulting her mother he continued on his way and arrived shortly at the foot of a mountain where there was another small village. He then saw the sea in front of him and immediately behind him soldiers in battle array. He stopped and transformed the whole army into stones. As a souvenir of this great miracle the inhabitants of the surrounding country erected on the spot where he stopped a church dedicated to St. Cornely. That is the reason why these long lines of stones standing to the north of the village of Carnac are seen, and why so often at night ghosts are observed walking in the alleys called 'Soudardet sans Cornely' or 'Soldats de St. Cornely'. Pilgrims from all countries flocked to the place to implore St. Cornely to cure their diseased cattle. He cured them all in remembrance of the great services rendered to him by his yoke of oxen during his flight.

The pilgrims, coming to the 'Pardon of St. Cornely', passed among the stone soldiers. The men were supposed to bring stones, the women earth, and to drop them on an elevation near to Carnac, where in time they formed the mount of St. Michel.
Le Rouzic then goes on to hint that perhaps the worship of St. Cornely actually replaced the original worship of the ox here. Hmm who knows.

From 'The Megalithic Monuments of Carnac and Locmariaquer' by Z Le Rouzic (trans. W. M. Tapp), 1908, which you can see in full on the Internet Archive.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
19th November 2009ce

In "Excavations at Carnac" by James Miln (1877) he describes some mounds (the 'bossenno' or Caesar's Camp) to the east of Carnac, which seem to be the ruins of Roman houses. Interestingly, from page 16...
It happened one day when I was absent during the dinner hour of my workmen, that an English lady and her son came to see the diggings. The latter amused himself in working with a pick about that part of the construction in the room No. 1 which resembled a chimney, where he discovered a polished stone celt of a white colour, which he showed to his mother: neither of them, however, was aware of its value, and it was flung aside amongst the debris to be carted away. It was not until the following day, when I happened to show them the polished stone celts in the museum in Carnac, that they informed me of their discovery, and regretted that they had not known better. Exertions were made to recover the lost axe, but without success.

The discovery of a stone axe in what appeared to be a chimney was all the more interesting from its crrelation with a custom still observed at Carnac, that of building into the chimney of the dwelling-house a stone celt which is supposed to preserve the house from being struck by lightning. It is to be noted also that the name of the stone axe or celt in the Breton language is Mein-Gurunn, that is to say, the Thunder Stone.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
19th August 2009ce

The legend of Carnac which explains these avenues of monoliths bears a resemblance to the Cornish story of 'the Hurlers,' who were turned into stone for playing at hurling on the Lord's Day, or to that other English example from Cumberland of 'Long Meg' and her daughters.

St Cornely, we are told, pursued by an army of pagans, fled toward the sea. Finding no boat at hand, and on the point of being taken, he transformed his pursuers into stones, the present monoliths.

The Saint had made his flight to the cost in a bullock-cart, and perhaps for this reason he is now regarded as the patron saint of cattle.
From 'Legends and Romances of Brittany' by Lewis Spence (1917?), which you can read on the Sacred Texts Archive.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/celt/lrb/index.htm
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th May 2008ce

I have been informed by a priest, but I know not how far it may be correct, that Carnac signifies literally, in the Breton language, a field of flesh. If this be the meaning of the word, it would lead one to conjecture that these stories were placed in memory of some great battle, or as memorials in a common cemetery of the dead.

The people here have a singular custom, whenever any of their cattle are diseased, of coming among these stones to pray to St. Cornelius for their recovery. Such a practice may be a remnant of pagan superstition continued in Christian times; but I must remark that St. Cornelius is the patron saint of the neighbouring church.

I cannot learn that the peasantry of this country have any traditions about Carnac; and I must here observe than no relations or accounts given either by the poor or more enlightened people of Brittany can be depended upon.

.. Tradition has given to the site of these stones the name of Caesar's Camp, but tradition in such a question is an insufficient guide. M. Cambry, led by another tradition, reported to him by an old sailor, that a stone was added every year, conjectures, though with hesitation, that the monument has some connexion with the astronomy of a remote age.
From 'The Penny Cyclopaedia' v6 by George Long (1836).
Digitized at Google Books, here:
http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=ztqyJi7Ec9UC&pg=PA304
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
10th January 2008ce
Edited 10th January 2008ce

We pursued this [rough track] until the extreme ruggedness of the plain rendered further advance almost impossible.. I was [pleased] that my drive was at an end, and was not less pleased to find that no garrulous guides pounced on me when I alighted from the carriage.. I was happily alone; for Carnac is one of those places where solitude becomes a luxury, and consequently where guides would be more than usually vexatious and troublesome;

for what could they tell the visitor respecting the mysterious ranks of obelisks, the purposes of which have baffled speculative investigations and learned inquiries?

Nothing beyond the whimsical legend current among Bretons, that the stones of Carnac are the soldiers of a mighty army petrified by St. Cornely, who, being hard pressed by them, took the effectual method of frustrating their murderous purposes by turning them into stone.

The skeletons of the soldiers, adds the legend, may be seen on certain occasions at midnight, in the churchyard at Carnac, performing penance for the sins committed in the flesh against the saint, and listening reverently to sermons preached by Death himself.

If you are curious to know more, you will be shown the pulpit of the grim preacher, a dilapidated stone Calvary, and, if you have sufficient courage, you may even hear the sermon; though, if accounts be true, the penalty of intrusion, on being detected by the ghastly congregation, is far more severe than that with which Tam o' Shanter* was threatened.
p246 of Charles Richard Weld's "A vacation in Brittany' (1856) - now digitised at Google Books.

*of Robert Burns' poem.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
11th October 2007ce
Edited 11th October 2007ce

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Alignements de Carnac


Drone footage
ryaner Posted by ryaner
3rd July 2016ce

List of megaliths of Morbihan


Detail listing of hundreds of sites
Chance Posted by Chance
6th March 2011ce

Carnac at france-for-visitors.com


Visitors guide to France in English for the Carnac area including map
Chance Posted by Chance
22nd July 2010ce

Carnac by car


An amateur's guide to visiting the Carnac stones by car by Graham and Angela
Chance Posted by Chance
22nd July 2010ce

The megalithic monuments of Carnac and Locmariaquer; their purpose and age


Small guide book to the site in English, by Zacharie Le Rouzic from 1908
Download the complete book in various formats including pdf and epub
Chance Posted by Chance
22nd July 2010ce

Annuaire-Mairie.fr


Offical listing for many of the monuments in the region. Contains early mono photos - English translation via Google.
Chance Posted by Chance
21st July 2010ce
Edited 21st July 2010ce

The Megaliths of Carnac


Another useful web listing of sites with pictures
Chance Posted by Chance
21st July 2010ce

Megaliths in the Carnac region of France


Some nice b&w photos.
Hob Posted by Hob
6th November 2008ce
Edited 7th November 2008ce

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