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The standing stones of monteneuf

© D. Huet

WHERE TALES OF THE FANTASTIC MEET THE WONDERS OF PREHISTORY

Elfin dwellings or sacred structures? Either way, these alignments of standing stones in the gorse-strewn heathland are a captivating sight. Rays of sun break through the morning mist to play on stones set in place in about 5,000 years BC by a group of avant-garde farmers! And we’re going to let you in on the mystery!

PLUS DE 400 PIERRES DROITES

Here, you’re free to wander amongst the 420 imposing slabs of stone. Their mysterious origin led to them being laid flat on the ground by the Church in the year 1000 or thereabouts. Since then, archaeologists have re-erected about 40 of them, and the alignments are once again a sight to marvel at! If you can’t find a korrigan (a little Breton elf) to show you around, your curiosity will be satisfied by one of the archaeologists who’ll take you on a fascinating guided tour. In their company, you’ll be able to detect clues that will help you understand the role played by the standing stones and the method used to stand them up.

TRY IT YOURSELF: STONE AGE TECHNIQUES

By the time you reach the heart of this site, you’ll be totally immersed in the Stone Age. Amid the reconstructions, you can go into a village built by our distant ancestors and see the way things used to be done by the first farmers and the men who built the standing stones. There are workshops where you can try extraordinary experiences like moving tons of granite, learning how to light a fire without using matches or a lighter, polishing a gemstone, cooking a meal or fashioning a tool – all done the Stone Age way.

OPEN YOUR MIND TO NEW EXPERIENCES

Scattered around the standing stones are other traces of the past. Hiking trails take you past burial chambers and isolated standing stones. Cyclists would do better to take the Circuit du Chaperon Rouge (the Little Red Riding Hood trail). Maybe you’ll find a sleeping korrigan in the hollow of a stone warmed by the sun! Ozégan the Korrigan comes out of hibernation each year to create amazing structures, which he sets out along a unique fun trail that’s a mixture of nature and culture. Nearby is the audio trail ‘sur le bout de la lande’ (at the edge of the heath), with surprises in store for your eyes and ears. At intervals along the walk you’ll be treated to short narratives, birdsong, traditional tunes and more. Maps, guides and other ideas are available at the Centre Les Landes visitor centre.

 

CONTACT :

 

L'archéosite - Les mégalithes de Monteneuf
 
56380 Monteneuf
Tél. : 02 97 93 26 74
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Site : www.centreleslandes.com

 

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Texte rédigé par Annick André, Photo "Laissez-vous surprendre" : Daniel Huet

 

 

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