Neolithic Sites in Western Europe
Images and Ritual Meanings


The Table of the Marchands Cairn, Locmariaquer, Morbihan, Brittany

This well preserved cairn and passage tomb is famous for the engravings on the rear slab of the central chamber. A large capstone in the central chamber has the image of a quadraped and an axe carved on it. The rear slab is covered with hooks or shepherd's crooks. Nearby is the great Broken Menhir (which measures 20 meters and weighs 350 tons) and Les Pierres Plates, a passage tomb with an L shape. The site has a small museum and guided tours. This image was taken May 15, 2000, in the early afternoon.

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