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48 49 The best known of the Breton megalithic sites are the multiple lines of huge standing stones all near the village of Carnac in southern Brittany. The largest group of stone rows is at Kermario. The cromlechs that stood at both ends of the long rows are now gone but a restored passage mound still stands in line with the southernmost stone row. Cromlechs are spacious rings of close set standing stones that were probably used for open air rituals connected with death and burial. The next largest group, at Le Menec, has twelve roughly parallel stone rows running between two eggshaped cromlechs. Many of the original stones are missing, robbed for road building and the like. The stone rows may have marked ritual processional ways or death roads between the funerary sites. The Kerlescan rows, north of Carnac, also run to a cromlech. At the western end, alongside the cromlech there is a tertre tumulaire, a rectangular burial mound. Kermario means place of the dead and Kerlescan means place of burning, an indication of activities that once may have taken place at the ends. Opposite Ranks of huge megalithic mark the sacred paths between two egg shaped stone rings plan after Thom. ThE mENhirS Of CarNaC Brittany, France
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