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Allee couverte de la Couete Allee-Couverte
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Callac Standing Stone / Menhir
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Champ Grosset Allee-Couverte
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Chapelle de Notre Dame de Lorette Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Cimitiere des Druides Alignement
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Crec'h Quillé Chambered Tomb
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Grand Argentel Allee-Couverte
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Guihallon Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ile Grande Allee-Couverte
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Ile Milliau Allee-Couverte
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Kerguezennec Standing Stone / Menhir
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Kerguntuil Allee Couverte Allee-Couverte
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Kerguntuil Dolmen Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Keryvon Chambered Tomb
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La Chapelle Sept Saints Allee-Couverte
La Ganterie Allee-Couverte
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La Tossen ar Run Tumulus (France and Brittany)
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La Ville Genouhan Allee-Couverte
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Liscuis I Allee-Couverte
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Liscuis II Allee-Couverte
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Liscuis III Allee-Couverte
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Le Lit de Margot Natural Rock Feature
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Melus Allee-Couverte
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Men-ar-Romped Allee-Couverte
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Pergat Standing Stone / Menhir
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Petit Argentel Allee-Couverte
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Ploufragan Allee-Couverte
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Prajou Menhir Allee-Couverte
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Roch Toul Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Rohanno Allee-Couverte
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Le Sabot de Margot Standing Stone / Menhir
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St Samson-sur-Rance Standing Stone / Menhir
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St Uzec Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tossen-Keler Cromlech (France and Brittany)
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Toul an Urz Allee-Couverte

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St Samson-sur-Rance (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Folklore

There's an article on this massive stone by Serge Cassen and colleagues in this month's edition of the Cambridge Archaeological Journal (v28:2, 259-281 - 'The 'historiated' Neolithic stele of Saint-Samson-sur-Rance'). Eight meters'-worth sticks out of the ground at 42 degrees, and the four sides are aligned to the points of the compass. It's made of granite, the nearest source of which is 4km away.

The researchers recently used various lighting and 3D techniques to highlight the carvings on the stone, and conclude that those on the different sides represent different aspects of the world (viz. an empty boat (east), human artefacts (south), wild animals (west) and domesticated animals (north). Whether you agree with this analysis is up to you… the depictions look a bit ambiguous to me but what do I know. There are also 100 cupmarks (none on the east face).

They talk about the folklore too, which is mostly from a 1902 article by Lucie de Villers ('Le Menhir de Saint-Samson pres Dinan' in Revue des Traditions Populaires 17(6)):

The vein of quartz diagonally crossing the stone was supposed to be from the devil's whip, or perhaps from the chains he used to try to drag it into hell. The devil wanted to use the stone as a key to open up hell (so he could pop some sinners in there) - but Saint-Samson and his pal Saint-Michel chased him away before he'd completed his evil plan.

There are various beliefs about a flood in Armorica: Ys is a legendary city in the bay of Douarnenez - it was submerged when the key of the dyke protecting the city was stolen from the king. In the 19th century local people said the stele was the key to the sea, and if the stone was removed, the sea would flood across the whole of France.

In other legends the stone is only one of three keys to the sea (one of the others was stolen by an evil woman from Breton in cohoots with the devil, and the third was kept in a distant country - or perhaps the other two were lost, or in the hands of a witch). The reason the stone is at such an angle is because the devil tried to take it away but didn't succeed. If someone dares to turn the stone, the sea will bubble out from under it and cause more trouble than Noah's flood.

One of the alternative names for the stone is 'Pierre Bonde' - bonde is the same word as the wooden bung used to seal a barrel.

Despite all this connection to the sea, the stone is about 20km from the sea and 55m above it. It's suggested in the article that it's at the point of the river where the maximum extent of the tidal wave would have been in the Neolithic, and that points to the reason for its location.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
23rd May 2018ce

Liscuis III (Allee-Couverte) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Liscuis III</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
17th October 2016ce

Liscuis II (Allee-Couverte) — Images

<b>Liscuis II</b>Posted by costaexpress<b>Liscuis II</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
17th October 2016ce

Liscuis I (Allee-Couverte) — Images

<b>Liscuis I</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
17th October 2016ce

Ile Grande (Allee-Couverte) — Images

<b>Ile Grande</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
17th October 2016ce

Prajou Menhir (Allee-Couverte) — Images

<b>Prajou Menhir</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
17th October 2016ce

Keryvon (Chambered Tomb) — Images

<b>Keryvon</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
17th October 2016ce

Kerguntuil Dolmen (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Kerguntuil Dolmen</b>Posted by costaexpress Posted by costaexpress
17th October 2016ce

Guihallon Menhir (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Fieldnotes

Today we have mostly been Karting and to Chateau de la Hunaudaye (A really good castle ruin), with a burial chamber on the way there and back. Then on the way from the race track to the castle I spied a road sign pointing to a menhir. I'll have a look on the way back I told myself.
So after the obligatory Pancakerie, I turned left and followed signs for Menhir de Guihalon, it wasn't on the list, but you cant resist a chance encounter can you ?
We pulled into a small car park, parking for at least ten, should be a good stone then I thought. We quietly padded down the path through the woods, trying to be as quiet as possible because not ten minutes ago a big deer ran across the road in front of us and , well, if your quiet and observant you might see another one. I'll try anything to keep 'm quiet for ten minutes.
The stone was a big one, a really big one, then, ooh hang on I know this one, ive seen pictures of it somewhere else, Google Earth or the Portal maybe. I count it as a score and start the slow circuit round the mighty menhir whilst Eric sits quietly shushing us twenty yards away in the woods. Philli keeps nattering on to me about some boy band, maybe, but i'm not really listening so she picks a rock, sits on it and watches.
It is, Burl says, five meters tall, he also calls it Tregomar. He also, rather infuriatingly for me, mentions two other very nearby menhirs, two, and two and a half meters high, poot, I'd have looked for them if I'd known.
But really the menhir of Guihalon is enough for the megalith lover all on it's own, the woods lend a mysterious atmosphere, the other rocks around the menhir make the place feel more like a temple.
The stone is big enough to have several different kinds of lichen and mosses, up one side it's orange, up another bright green. Oh, and it's really big, but ive mentioned that already.


Really big.
postman Posted by postman
14th August 2014ce
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