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Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Kermario Alignements Alternative Name: Kermario alignments, Kermario stone rows, Kermario avenues
Country: France Département: Bretagne:Morbihan (56) Type: Multiple Stone Rows / Avenue
Nearest Town: Auray  Nearest Village: Carnac
Latitude: 47.596400N  Longitude: 3.0663W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
5 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
5 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
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foz750 visited on 25th Jan 2024 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 4 Simply outstanding, row upon row of standing stones of such enormous quantities it it had to comprehend how they were placed. We visited in January and the place was deserted. Fabulous .

markj99 visited on 16th Sep 2023 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5 The Alignements de Kermario were the most impressive of the Carnac Alignments due to the length of the stone rows and the impressive height of the megaliths forming the rows. Unfortunately I had to be content with external views of the stones as access was restricted. The best views were to be had from the Old Windmill platform.

Catrinm visited on 6th Sep 2022 - their rating: Cond: 3 Amb: 5 Access: 4

aolson visited on 17th Jul 2020 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 5 What can be said? More menhirs in one place than I have seen total in years of finding megalithic sites in Central Europe!

rrmoser visited on 1st Jun 2017 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 3 Access: 5 access is restricted except for the winter.

43559959 visited on 26th Apr 2014 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

MartinJEley visited on 16th Sep 2013 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 4 Access: 3 The sheer scale of the site and the number of stones is incredible.

goxethee visited on 6th May 2012 - their rating: Cond: 4 Amb: 5 Access: 5

TheCaptain visited on 12th Jun 2005 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 4 Access: 5 I am not going to say much about the major Carnac alignements, except to say that they are all absolutely mind blowing. Even though I saw them all those years ago, the first sight of all those stones lined up is incredible, especially in the strong evening sunshine. I cannot possibly do justice to these stones with my writing or photographs. I will say that the fences surrounding the stones are not obtrusive, unlike the fences at stonehenge, and with the vegetation returning, they all look FAR, FAR better than they did in 1987 with all the soil erosion around them all. I must come back and do the full tour at some time.

johnstone visited on 3rd Jun 2002 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 5

Martin_L visited on 1st Jul 1989 and 02/1991 and 06/2001

X-Ice visited on 16th Aug 1982 - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 4

Andy B: would like to visit Featured in Episode Two of BBC's History of Ancient Britain with Neil Oliver

Chrus visited - their rating: Cond: 5 Amb: 5 Access: 4

ShamrockStone neolithique02 PAB Bladup Ogham Jimwithnoname DrewParsons lizh MegalithJunkie davidmorgan negus have visited here

Average ratings for this site from all visit loggers: Condition: 4.33 Ambience: 4.58 Access: 4.5

Kermario alignements
Kermario alignements submitted by rw1 : 09/2007 (Vote or comment on this photo)
Massive set of stone alignments to the north of Carnac, in Morbihan, Brittany.

The ensemble consists of 1029 menhirs in seven to ten parallel lines extending over 1128 m. To the southwest, just in the bend of the road, there is a dolmen. The alignments are 96 m wide on the west side - there are the highest stones - and only 36 m in the east, where a former cromlech is situated.

Wikipedia article Liste des sites mégalithiques du Morbihan

Base Mérimée (Historic Monument)

The Journal of Antiquities also features an entry for the Carnac Stone Rows, Morbihan, Brittany, which includes a photograph, a description and sources of further information.

Note: New article about visiting the alignments in Carnac by Elyn Aviva
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Kermario alignements submitted by TysonM : Early spring, morning fog transformed these standing stones into spirit like forms from ancient years. This angle doesn't show the true nature of the alignments, but I took it anyway. (6 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kermario alignements submitted by TysonM : A winding path towards the Kermario alignements. At the top horizon you can see one of the large menhirs of Kermario. I had a narrow depth of field which rendered only the path in focus. (4 comments - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kermario alignements submitted by Shishkov : Cette photo a été prise le 9 Septembre, 2014. (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kermario alignements submitted by 43559959 : Kermario alignements. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kermario alignements submitted by 43559959 : Kermario alignements. Who was the choreographer of this dance of stones? (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Kermario alignements submitted by MegalithJunkie : Kermario alignment (2 comments)

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Kermario alignements submitted by pab : Kermario alignment, visited October 2014. This was our first sight of the alignments, amazing to see even though we knew it was going to be 'impressive'!

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Kermario alignements submitted by goxethee : Kermario Alignments, 6th May 2012

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Kermario alignements submitted by Ogham : Kermario alignements on a cold winters day, with not many tourists around is a good time to visit them.

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Kermario alignements submitted by JJ : Kermario alignements

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Kermario alignements submitted by durhamnature : General view, from "Excavations at Carnac" via archive.org

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Kermario alignements submitted by goxethee : Kermario Alignments, 6th May 2012

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Kermario alignements submitted by goxethee

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Kermario alignements submitted by Sunny100 : Drawing [After Yvon photo, Paris], of the Kermario alignment to the north-east of Carnac. A line of prehistoric menhirs, probably originally set up for religious reasons, seem to almost stride out across the countryside for upto half a mile.

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Kermario alignements submitted by JJ : Kermario alignements

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Kermario alignements submitted by Bladup : Little picture of Kermario rows. This Original Artwork is £24.99 + Postage (Just whatever it costs), and is 12 and a half cm x 9 cm, In a frame 14 and a half cm by 11 cm. E-mail me at [email protected] if interested. (3 comments)

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Kermario alignements submitted by rw1 : 09/2007

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Kermario alignements submitted by TysonM : A side view of some of the stones iof the Kermario alignements with early morning clouds. © 2001 Tyson Monson (1 comment)

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Kermario alignements submitted by StoneLee : This place quite literally rocks

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Kermario alignements submitted by pab : There is such a vast variation in size and shape - this seemed to have a different 'texture' - unfortunately I didn't manage to get the overall formation in my head so cannot say which of the rows or sections this one is. October 2014

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Kermario alignements submitted by 43559959 : Kermario alignements. Very impressive!

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Kermario alignements submitted by postman : Giants by the road side. Taken whilst motor homing in 2004

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Kermario alignements submitted by Jimwithnoname : Kermario alignements

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Kermario alignements submitted by Jimwithnoname : Site in Bretagne: Morbihan (56) France

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Re: Kermario alignements by ModernExplorers on Friday, 19 May 2017
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An overview of the stone alignments, filmed in 2016 with some great drone footage -
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Sites of passage by Serge Cassen by Andy B on Tuesday, 17 May 2016
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Sites de passage. Le modèle carnacois des pierres dressées à l’épreuve des steppes et des légendes (The carnac model of standing stones to the test of steppes and legends) by Serge Cassen, 2016

Carnac, in the west of France, is an extraordinary archaeological site – several thousand stones raised in parallel lines on kilometres of development - among which nature and destination pose problem. A conceptual frame was proposed in 2009 which plays on several concepts (verticality, border, threshold, repetition) and several active or sensitive affects (heaviness, hard stone, fright). These descriptive and analytical groups were joint in such model, where the stele becomes the radical element. This essay would like to test this model in the contact of Eurasian archaeological sites (Armenia, Altaï), in hilly environments in contrast to the Carnac situation, and regarding societies at the same time more recent and mainly turned to a nomadic pastoral activity.

A bridge will be established with stories and ethnographic analyses which allow to envisage a game of analogies from data relating to the space organisation of domestic and funeral structures of the current or sub-current societies of Siberia and Mongolia. A general hypothesis is proposed by which these stone rows linked to the funeral burial mounds could play in these last régions a similar role as for the sêrgê, the wooden stake to tie the real or celestial horses. One will try to assess the pertinence of the Carnac model in the light of this knowledge, notably by coming back on the question of cardinal directions.

From Fonctions, utilisations et représentations de l’espace dans les sépulturesmonumentales du Néolithique européen (Functions, uses and representations of space in the monumental graves of Neolithic Europe)

https://www.academia.edu/24648710/
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Re: Kermario alignements by Shishkov on Wednesday, 01 October 2014
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J'ai pris une bonne photo. Mais elle ne correspond pas de la zone de botte en raison sa grande taille. This is a link
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    Re: Kermario alignements by Martin_L on Thursday, 02 October 2014
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    Merci. Sublime photo. Feel free to also upload it to the Megalithic Portal. The size is fully ok as our photo size recommendation does not apply to panoramic photos like this one. Cheers, Martin
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      Re: Kermario alignements by Shishkov on Thursday, 02 October 2014
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      I can not upload this picture. The system responds: "The picture you tried to upload exceeds the maximum file size in 'General Settings' or in 'php.ini'".
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        Re: Kermario alignements by TheCaptain on Thursday, 02 October 2014
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        I would guess that is because the file size has too many megapixels - I am not sure of the maximum allowable -
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        Re: Kermario alignements by Andy B on Friday, 03 October 2014
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        Hello Shishkov, thanks for the lovely photos you are sending. For this oneyYou may need to reduce the size of the panorama a little - but first please try increasing the amount of JPG compression - see here for detailed instructions from our FAQ

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        Depending on the your photo editing software, it may describe such a reduction in different ways. It may be part of the Save As dialog box, or may be an option hidden away in the File Save Preferences. You probably want a number value of about 85 to 90, or it may be called 'High' or 'Medium' quality. This may need some experimentation to get the right level of JPG compression. This only affects the copy you are saving, you should keep a larger, high quality version of your image as well.

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Re: Kermario alignements by Anonymous on Monday, 08 April 2013
I went to school to be a computer programmer. At that time we were taught machine language called assembler, which today is binary. If you look at this site from a height such as google earth the stones seem to bee arranged in a pattern resembling this code just what it says I am not sure as it has been a long time since I used this code. Or it could just be jibberish. Just an ancient attempt to copy something they didn't understand to communicate with someone way more advanced than they were.
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Re: The Alignments in Carnac, Brittany by Elyn Aviva by neolithique02 on Tuesday, 11 October 2011
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More pics and videos here :
http://neolithique02.blog4ever.com/blog/photos-cat-65835-1948668618-visite_des_megalithes_autour_de_carnac.html
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The Alignments in Carnac, Brittany by Elyn Aviva by Andy B on Sunday, 19 September 2010
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We drove around a corner and encountered an astounding sight: row after row of standing stones, stretching to the horizon. “Pull over!” I demanded. Barely waiting for Gary, my husband, to stop the car, I opened the door, jumped out, and ran over to the green metal fence that separated the stones from me. I shook my head in disbelief, in awe. So many stones, lined up and going—where? Why? They fit no category I knew: they were an enormous puzzle of countless granite megaliths pointing to the sky, rooted in the earth. Hundreds, thousands of stones lined up in slightly wavering rows that went on for kilometers, as if the stones were frozen in the act of marching—somewhere. What was the point? What did they mean? What were they for? The stones made no response.

Read the article at
http://www.yourlifeisatrip.com/home/the-alignments-in-carnac-brittany-france.html

Elyn also describes her visit to witness the Lunar Standstill at the Calanais Stones in 2006
http://www.yourlifeisatrip.com/home/lunar-standstill-at-the-calanais-stones.html
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Re: Kermario alignements by Anonymous on Thursday, 06 November 2008
http://www.flickr.com/photos/smithsonian/2575971962/
is a photomontage that may be of pictures from Carnac. If so, you could add it to your collection. Note that there "No known copyright restrictions."
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    Re: Kermario alignements by TheCaptain on Thursday, 06 November 2008
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    That picture is of the Menec alignements, the westerly of the major sets of alignements to the north of Carnac. The picture is not a million miles away from our own picture from 1912.
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