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Kermaillard menhir

A large menhir with amazing engraved signs

Kermaillard menhir in Sarzeau is a 5.35m-long granite monolith. It is also known as Guegen Amonenn (the “butter pat”), due to its appearance when fallen.

The menhir, which lay on the ground for a long time, was re-erected in 1988 during an archeological excavation. The rounder side of the monolith – the side that was visible before it was lifted – has 17 cup marks*. The flat side, which was face down and thus protected from the weather, still has three engravings: a square shape, a crescent and a small handled axe. The engravings can be interpreted in a number of ways. Some archeologists think they represent a mother goddess and a crescent moon shape, or bulls’ horns.

The monument dates back to the Neolithic Era, at the end of the prehistoric age (around 5000-3000 BC).

 

 

*cup mark: a circular engraving in the stone, the meaning of which is difficult to interpret.