Isle of Albion
Chambered tomb close to Carnac.
Photographed: Tuesday 4th May 2010
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The Carnac Megalithic Complex

The Carnac Megalithic Complex is a dense and extensive collection of megalithic sites situated mostly to the north of the village of Carnac. It consists of stone alignments, burial chambers, and individual standing stones. Over 3,000 stones were erected at this Neolithic site, largely around 3,300BC, with some dating back as early as 4,500BC. It is thought to be the largest collection of of standing stones in the world.

The Carnac complex can be slightly overwhelming, and it's a good idea to do some research before visiting, as there's a lot here that would be easy to miss. It also helps to have a mental image of the lay-out of the site, as this helps put things in perspective on the ground.

Access to the alignments at Carnac is now prevented by a low wire fence, due to excessive erosion caused by large numbers of tourists. However, access is still allowed out of season, but specific dates should be checked before travel.

The Tumulus de Kercado

The Tumulus de Kercado is a chambered tomb located within a mile of the main Carnac alignments. It is one of the oldest monuments in the complex, dating back to around 5,000BC. It survives in remarkably good condition.

A large menhir is located on top of the mound, and the whole thing is surrounded by the remains of a circle stones. Another large menhir is located a short distance in front of the portal.

The tumulus is located on private land, in the grounds of a manor house. An honesty box is located at the entrance, and the site is located a short walk hence, in picturesque woodland. The atmosphere is somewhat intruded upon by the large water tower that overlooks the site.