The Mysteries of France – Part II
Speaking of alignments, here are some from the largest collection of standing stones in the world: 3,000 of them:
Their origin is even more mysterious than that of Chartres. Nothing is known about who carved and raised them, how or why. Even when is in question. Excavations beneath them have revealed nothing to carbon date. They’re estimated to be around 5 ½ thousand years old.
They must have had great value to those who raised them. The project required an enormous effort for Neolithic times. It’s curious that they’ve been so little studied. All we have are a few theories. One explanation is that their alignment relates to sunsets – suggesting a similar usage to the hole in the window at Chartres. This region has the highest seismic activity in France, so perhaps they were used as primitive seismometers.
My favorite explanation attributes them to Merlin. His legend crossed the English channel to the mythic Broceliande forest north of Carnac. We passed it driving to the stones. That forest is said to house a magical fountain. Old Merlin is supposedly buried in the forest – or actually still living at the bottom of some lake.
Legend has it that he pointed at a legion of Roman soldiers down at Carnac, and with a flash of light from the end of his finger turned them to stone. Never mind that these stones predate the Romans by several thousand years.
Of course it could as well be druids who raised the stones at Carnac. The great thing about druids is no one knows the first thing about them. That makes them the perfect explanation for every sort of weird old relics and phenomena – It was druids, dude.
We also saw dolmens:
This one was even taller, the tallest in the world. Aw, he fell down.
As the song says, “The harder they come, the harder they fall.”
(Next – Part III – Mont. St. Michel)