Discover The Moorlands and Megaliths of Monteneuf
Stone Age man didn’t wait for Obélix to appear in comic strips to shape and set up menhirs (the word means standing stones in Breton). Between 4,500 and 3,000 years B.C., civilised man’s first farmers sowed more than 420 megaliths across the moorlands around Brocéliande! Formed of purple schist and decorated by lichen, these monoliths stand in seven rows running from east to west. They’re set in clearings, with gorse and short grass growing at their feet. Close by are dolmens (stones lying flat on the ground) and burial chambers, nestling beneath the trees. Wandering around in the midst of these motionless giants is an extremely moving experience.
First-hand experience of life thousands of years ago
On the 7.5 hectare site of the Menhirs of Monteneuf, a menhir that’s in the process of being extracted, together with many more pieces of evidence, shows the engineering techniques invented by our courageous ancestors. To highlight this discovery, there are reconstructions where you can learn how to stand a menhir upright. Everybody’s welcome to have a go, regardless of how strong you are! There are also workshops where you’ll be let into the secret of how prehistoric man kindled fire, or how to build a cairn or a Stone Age dwelling. It’s a terrific way to find out all about the earliest villages of our times!