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<b>Er-Grah</b>Posted by postmanImage © Chris Bickerton
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Longitude:   2° 57' 2.78" W

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Visited 14.09.23

Er-Grah Tumulus is one of Locmariaquer's big three sites. It is only accessible via the Site des Megalithes Visitor Centre for 6 euros. To be fair, there are three impressive monuments, unrestricted visiting time and free parking so what's not to like?

Er-Grah Tumulus has gravitas but it's long thin footprint make it difficult to capture a definitive image. The undoubted focus is the central tomb with its massive capstone, the cherry on the cake. I decided to walk slowly round Er-Grah Tumulus absorbing its antiquity as I strolled.
Posted by markj99
24th September 2023ce

Our fantastic Mr Cope groups Er Grah together with six other big tumuli, calling them the Carnac Grand tumuli, it is a phrase I cannot find elsewhere (granted I haven't tried very hard) so it must be one of his own, possibly.
If it is of the same ilk as Mane er Hroek and the tumulus St Michel then the chamber would have never been able to be entered, they buried the chamber beneath tonnes of Cairn with no passage, so no getting in.
The chamber here, is just visible, the capstone sits proudly just above the cairn. The capstone is again taken from a toppled menhir, but whether it is from Le Grand menhir Brise is a matter for discussion.
There is still no way of getting under the capstone, nor even to try and peak through any gaps as there is no cairn climbing allowed. I know ive sneaked in and there is no one here to tell me off, but some sensitivities remain, and anyway, I'm trying to keep my head down.
The cairn is a massive construction, even now, but originally it would have been much higher, perhaps twice as high as the capstone. Much stone robbing has occurred.
My advice is to get here early, be the first through the door, pay your money, stay a while, and don't be afraid to stray onto the grass. Bloody Frenchies.
postman Posted by postman
27th August 2014ce
Edited 27th August 2014ce

Just a few metres away from Table des Marchants is the long mound of tumulus Er Grah – a mighty tapering cairn maybe over 100 metres long. You can't get inside it any more but must walk its length to appreciate it. Jane Posted by Jane
3rd August 2007ce


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The Archaeology of People Dimensions of Neolithic Life

This is an academic monograph of explorations of Mesolithic and Neolithic sites. Page 106 discusses excavations at Er-Grah, with emphasis upon the find of two domesticated cattle, which have been radiocarbon dated to sixth or fifth century BC. Indications are that these animals may have been sacrificed at this site.
C Michael Hogan Posted by C Michael Hogan
26th December 2007ce