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Today our school went to Carnac and visited a chateau called Domaine de Kerguéhennec.

Carnac was a very interesting place. Apparently there are stones erected all over Brittany from the Paleolithic to Neolithic periods, about 7,000 years ago. Druids somehow used them as burial sites or something. First we went to one small site. The stones ranged from 4 feet to 20 feet high. Most stood on their points. One stone that I saw there was said to weigh 300 tons!

Just like Stonehenge (which was raised after Carnac), no one knows how they moved them to their spot, how they got them out of the ground without leaving a mark and how, once they got them to their place, found the center of gravity to keep them standing. It was pretty weird and amazing to see. I also heard that these were put up before the invention of the wheel.

The larger site at Carnac was pretty impressive. About a mile's worth of stones stood row after row, thousands of huge oblong boulders. This site had been gated off because throughout the years as more people came to visit this site, the walking around the stones loosened them from the ground causing them to topple.

Carnac is definitely a mystery.

keepin' 'er steady...


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