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English: The famous neolithic menhirs near Carnac, Brittany, France. The Carnac stones are an exceptionally dense collection of megalithic sites around the village of Carnac, in Brittany, consisting of alignments, dolmens, tumuli and single menhirs. More than 3,000 prehistoric standing stones were hewn from local rock and erected by the pre/proto-Celtic people of Brittany, and are the largest such collection in the world.[1] Most of the stones are within the Breton village of Carnac, but some to the east are within La Trinité-sur-Mer. The stones were erected at some stage during the Neolithic period, probably around 3300 BC, but some may date to as old as 4500 BC.
Français : Les menhirs de Carnac. Les alignements de Carnac sont situés sur la commune de Carnac dans le département du Morbihan en Bretagne. Il s'agit d'un site d'alignements mégalithiques exceptionnel constitué d'alignements de menhirs, de dolmens et d'allées couvertes et réparti sur plus de quatre kilomètres. Les alignements de Carnac sont les ensembles mégalithiques les plus célèbres et les plus impressionnants de cette période avec près de 4 000 pierres levées. Depuis 1991, le site est fermé au public en été et libre d'accès en hiver afin de préserver et de conserver le site. En effet, le libre accès provoquait surtout en période estivale de nombreuses dégradations des menhirs (chutes et déchaussement) et de la lande.
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