Megalithic landscapes of Carnac and South Morbihan

Aknowledge

The association

The “Paysages de mégalithes” association is actively involved in increasing knowledge and in promoting and preserving the megalithic heritage of Carnac and Southern Morbihan. 

The association’s remit

Action in progress

KNOWLEDGE 

Although certain megalithic sites have become emblematic of the Morbihan (Carnac alignments, Gavrinis cairn, the broken great menhir at Locmariaquer, the Merchants’ Table, etc.), others are also a heritage which is just as valuable, albeit less monumental. Some of this heritage often goes unnoticed, remaining little-known or completely unknown, whereas protected monuments are by definition known and studied. 

→ The association is conducting an inventory of the known heritage of some 550 megalithic sites identified by the Regional Directorate of Cultural Affairs   in 2010. This work is being carried out under the scientific supervision of the Brittany region Regional Cultural Affairs Office Archeology Department. 

PROMOTION

Morbihan can be proud of having such a dense and diverse range of megalithic sites of remarkable aesthetic quality. 166 of these sites are listed Historic Monuments and 237 are listed in the Heritage Atlas as sites to be preserved and protected. 

→ The mission of the “Paysages de mégalithes” association is to encourage visits to megalithic sites in Southern Morbihan and the development of responsible tourism.

The association coordinates work on the upkeep of megalithic sites, bringing together all the stakeholders involved 

The association coordinates the installation of information boards and mobile explanatory resources to help people learn about this heritage

PROTECTION 

Megalithic heritage is fragile. Stones crumble, wear and become loose. Surfaces become damaged and threaten to disappear. The sites are subject to changes in the environment: changes to plant cover, erosion, weather variations and other phenomena. They also deteriorate due to human activity: construction and development works, farm and forestry work, repeated and regular visits, deliberate damage and clandestine excavations.

→ The “Paysages de mégalithe” association carries out action to preserve and protect megalithic heritage: maintenance, inspection, approaching local authorities and private individuals, and creating resources for the protection and listing of sites in partnership with stakeholders (municipalities, State departments, Département councils, etc.).

→ Site protection and promotion work is designed to lead to a project to promote all of the heritage in the 26 municipalities in Southern Morbihan included in the research programmes, followed by an application to be listed as Unesco World Heritage. Since 1996, the Carnac alignments have been on France’s Tentative List for Unesco world heritage. 

SHARING

Heritage has emerged as an identificational landmark in terms of memory and belonging. It symbolises and hands down a shared history, to which scientific research adds knowledge. This history needs to be shared and disseminated to the public to raise awareness and get them involved, enabling people to discover the value of this heritage.

→ The “Paysages de mégalithes” association aims to make all of this megalithic heritage accessible to all – in ideal conditions – whilst maintaining the balance and preservation of the sites. To this end, it seeks to enter into dialogue with Morbihan residents about the history and wealth of this local heritage by including it in a large number of cultural and educational projects.

→ The association also mobilises local, national and international stakeholders to act in favour of the value of megalithic heritage being recognised at an international level.

The “Paysages de mégalithes” association

The “Paysages de Mégalithes” association brings together 26 municipalities in Morbihan: Carnac, La Trinité-sur-Mer, Locmariaquer, Larmor-Baden, Arzon, Sarzeau, St-Gildas-de-Rhuys, Ile-aux-Moines, Ile-d’Arz, St-Pierre-Quiberon, Quiberon, Ile-d’Hoëdic, Ile-d’Houat, Le Bono, Crac’h, St-Philibert, Erdeven, Plouharnel, Belz, Etel, Ploemel, Baden, Arradon, Séné, St-Armel and Le Hézo.

The direction and work of the association is decided, controlled and validated by the Paysages de Mégalithes scientific committee, under the authority of Professor Yves Coppens. 

Board of trustees

Olivier LePick

Olivier LePick

Mayor of Carnac President

Marie-Jo Le Breton

Marie-Jo Le Breton

General counsel

Denis Bertholom

Denis Bertholom

Mayor of Larmor-Baden

Michel Jeannot

Michel Jeannot

Mayor of Locmariaquer

Guy Hercend

Guy Hercend

Mayor of Etel

Odile Faivre

Odile Faivre

Councillor of Arzon

Dominique Riguidel

Dominique Riguidel

Mayor of Erdeven

Jean Lutrot

Jean Lutrot

Mayor of Le Bono

Roland Tabart

Roland Tabart

Mayor of Arzon

Laure Pedezert-Renaux

Councillor of Ile-aux-Moines

Monsieur Loïc Lebert

Monsieur Loïc Lebert

Mayor of Le Hezo

The team

Jean-Baptiste Goulard

Jean-Baptiste Goulard

Managing director, in charge of overall coherence of work and relations with local authorities.

Victoire Dorise

Victoire Dorise

World Heritage project manager

Emilie Heddebaux

Emilie Heddebaux

Heritage preservation officer