Locmariaquer stelae alignment

Locmariaquer stelae alignment

Locmariaquer Stelae Alignment

Locmariaquer Site

The site of the megaliths (french Site des mégalithes de Locmariaquer) is the home of three remarkable monuments: The Table des Marchands – a passage monument, the Er-Grah tumulus, and the broken Grand Menhir Brisé are in close vicinity.

Excavations on the site have revealed 18(19) holes in a line [1]. They were probably all at one time sockets for a stele or menhir: Starting with the Grand Menhir of almost 20m they were probably aligned in descending height. Only the remains on the Grand Menhir were left next to the original socket. The other stelae were moved.

Re-excavation at the cairn of Gavrinis revealed that the upper side of the chamber capstone is decorated [2]. Moreover, the stone is a fragment that fits the capstone of the Table des Marchands in Locmariaquer and must have been transported 4km to Gavrinis.

The stelae are made of orthogneiss which is not found in the region of Locmariaquer [1] (10km away in Auray).

NoMenhirHeight [Patton]weight
1Grand menhir brisé20,5
2Mané-Rutual capstone (1 Patton)4,2
3Mané-Rutual capstone RS53,6
4Mané-Rutual big capstone11,9
5Capstone Table des Marchands & Gavrinis14110
6C4 End chamber Table des Marchands3,417
7Floor phase 2 cairn Le Petit Mont
8Stele from Mané-er-Hroëk3,54,5
9Mané-Rutual Upright, J1
10Mané-Rutual R13
11Mané-Lud floor
12Mané-Lud back C4

List of possible stelae extended from [3].


[1] J. L’Helgouac’h, “The megalithic culture of western france: continuity and change in extraordinary architecture,” in Studien zur megalithik – forschungsstand und ethnoarchäologische perspektiven, 1999.
author = {Jean L'Helgouac'h},
booktitle = {Studien zur Megalithik - Forschungsstand und ethnoarchäologische Perspektiven},
editor = {et al. {Karl W. Beinhauer}},
localfile = {../megalithic-resources/books_articles/Helgouach1999.pdf},
owner = {ograu},
timestamp = {2010.05.15},
title = {The megalithic culture of western France: continuity and change in extraordinary architecture},
year = {1999}
[2] C. LeRoux, “New excavations at gavrinis,” Antiquity, vol. 59, iss. 227, p. 183–187, 1985.
author = {Charles-Tanguy LeRoux},
file = {../megalithic-resources/books_articles/excavation-reports/Ant0590183.pdf},
journal = {Antiquity},
number = {227},
owner = {ograu},
pages = {183–187},
timestamp = {2010.05.09},
title = {New excavations at Gavrinis},
url = {http://antiquity.ac.uk/Ant/059/0183/Ant0590183.pdf},
volume = {59},
year = {1985}
[3] M. Patton, Statements in stone: monuments and society in neolithic brittany, Routledge, london, uk, 1993.
author = {Mark Patton},
isbn = {0-415-06729-4},
owner = {ograu},
pages = {209},
publisher = {Routledge, London, UK},
timestamp = {2010.05.08},
title = {Statements in stone: monuments and society in Neolithic Brittany},
year = {1993}