Carnac Stones has more than 3,000 standing stones, scoured by the wind and rain into hunched contours, form long ave near the French village of Carnac. Made from both single stoness, known as menhirs, and multi stones groups, known as dolmens, they stretch for over half a mile (1 kilometer). Though the stoness have stood for thousands of years, archaeologists haven’t followed their function or sources.
The megaliths are acknowledged as holy by successive tides of Breton culture. Early Romans carved their gods on the granite surfaces; Christians after added their own symbols. According to one legend, the menhirs are the rugged remains of an army of pagans who pursued St. Comely toward the sea; cornered, he turned his pursuers into stones. In truth, the stoness are much older than Christianity and most likely date to Brittany’s pre-Celtic Neolithic period, from about 4500 b.c. to 2000 b.c. Were they raised in homage to early gods? Did they honor ancestors? Do they monitor conjunctions of the sun or stars? To date the grey militaries have kept their secret.