National Geographic : 1923 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE SENTINELS FOR MANY CENTURIES ON THE BRETON COAST NEAR CARNAC Various solutions have been offered for the puzzling "why" of these giant megaliths. Those of Brittany are not unique; dolmens have been found in Japan, Korea, Palestine, Algeria, Sardinia, Corsica, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Great Britain, Ireland, Holland, Germany, Scandinavia, and Malta. For a detailed view of the central menhir, see page 61. and tools of various kinds, fragments of pear to have been designed as open-air pottery, pendants and beads of turquoise temples, each group (with its cromlech, and other semiprecious stones, and amu- placed always at the western end of the lets of baked clay. lines) having been erected on a single Isolated menhirs have yielded little or comprehensive plan and at one time. They nothing indicative of use as monuments are the remains of huge religious monu for individual tombs. They seem to have ments, the alleys between the parallel files been generally commemorative, indicators of stones being the aisles in which the of roads and territorial boundaries, and devotees gathered and moved, and the "symbolic of an immortal god." cromlech the holy of holies in which the The alignments, on the other hand, ap- priests performed their rites.