Location: LIeu-dit le Ménec, 56340 Carnac, France
There is an amazing group of standing monoliths in southern Brittany near the villages of Carnac & La Trinité-sur-Mer. Here you will find THOUSANDS of monolithic standing stones which have been curiously arranged in parallel rows, rather than the more familiar stone circle formations which are to be found across Europe, and the rest of the world.
Carnac is truly one of the largest Neolithic sites on the planet. There are approx 3,034 roughly hewn monolithic stones at Carnac, which are known locally as Menhirs, and there are also many other examples of neolithic construction in the surrounding areas such as tumuli & dolmens.
Neolithic period – approx 4500 BC – 2000 BC.
Various periods of construction.
All stone monuments are difficult to date because of the lack of organic material found at these ancient sites. Sometimes archaeologists may be able to take organic…
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Queen Medb (otherwise known as Maeve, or the Queen of the Faeries), was Queen of Connacht in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology (the Red Branch). Although her husband was Ailill mac Mata, she actually was said to have several husbands prior to him, who were also kings of Connacht. She ruled from Cruachan (modern-day Rathcroghan in County Roscommon) and was the sworn enemy of one of her former husbands Conchobar mac Nessa, the King of Ulster.
However, Medb is probably best known as the woman who began the great battle Tain Bo Cuailnge (Cattle Raid of Cooley). One needs to remember that in Celtic times a woman could own property (in fact women were highly regarded in Celtic society, owners of property and business), and the main sign of wealth in those times was cattle – the more cattle one had the wealthier you were. There was a great deal of equality amongst men and…
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Wikinger konnten mit Hilfe von sogenannten Sonnensteinen die Nordrichtung bis auf wenige Grad genau bestimmen – selbst bei Wolken am Himmel.
Möglicherweise konnten die Wikinger jedoch auch mit einem Kristall navigieren, der als Sonnenzeiger diente. Der sogenannte Sonnenstein soll den Wikinger dabei geholfen haben präzise über die Meere zu navigieren. Der Wissenschaft ist erst seit einigen Jahren klar, dass der Sonnenstein ein Kristall mit einem Doppelspalt war und zur Navigation auf See eingesetzt wurde.
Der Doppelspat ermöglicht es Licht in zwei Strahlen zu…
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