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Megalithic sites

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The west of Cornouaille, like the rest of Brittany, has numerous megalithic sites. In Haut Pays Bigouden we have made a list of the different megaliths in the area and marked their whereabouts on the interactive map.

Dolmens and menhirs from the New Stone Age (5000 – 3000 B.C.). A dolmen is a type of single-chamber, communal tomb, usually consisting of three or more upright stones supporting a large flat horizontal capstone (table) covered with stones to form a cairn. Menhirs are large upright standing stones often sited near water, the reason for which is unknown.

Steles from the Iron Age (500 – 50 B.C.) These shaped, sometimes decorated, upright, stone slabs or columns were erected by the Celts to mark the position of burial chambers of bodies or ashes following cremation. Oval stones found near holy wells associated with fertility rites are also relics from this period.

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