The Carnac Stones near the village of Carnac in Brittany, France, includes a huge array of megaliths; some dolmens, many with alignments. It is considered the largest such collection in the world.
The stones date from around 4500 BC. There have been vast debates about who put them up and why, but ultimately the mystery continues to be a hot debate as more and more alignments and curiosities are found by researchers.
There are numerous tumuli (mounds) for burials with funerary items such as jewelry and pottery. This was uncovered around the late 1800s-early 1900s time frame. Rene Galles, who had excavated it, found 11 stone axes of jade, two large stone axes of a coarse material, 26 stone axes of fibrolite, pendants and beads; some with jasper and turquoise, flint and ivory beads. Only one skeleton was found, description not explained.
The largest stone standing is 150 tons. This area faces the sea and was thought to be a landmark for those at sea. That sort of reminds me of Easter Island.
It appears the culture that built the Moai might be related to the culture that built Carnac, so far as the influences were of a single source. Here is why... at Carnac, some of the stones have faces. They are not distinctive faces like those at Easter Island with the telltale prominent nose that meets the forehead instead of between the eyes, creating a "T" face seen in so much ancient art.
France had its giant population. In Castelnau, France, a skeleton was found that was 11 feet 6 inches. This was 10 to 12 thousand years old and the largest skeleton officially reportedly found. That was only one of many giants found in that country. It does make one wonder.
So far as the purpose of Carnac, it has remained a highly debated one. When all else fails, archaeologists fall back on "it was religious." That seems to be the favorite catch-all excuse when they have no practical reasoning for why something was made. I hope that isn't the case when people come to America thousands of years from now and ponder if the Washington Monument was an idol of our God.
The subtle faces in the rocks makes many ponder if perhaps these were their gods all being represented. I think about the effort put into making such a structure, and what we are missing are the elements that brought it together. It wasn't until recently we discovered the Moai statues on Easter Island had bodies below the dirt. So, what parts of this are we missing? Wooden beams? Roof tops? Missing stones? Tunnels underground?
Carnac warrants a LOT more research, but first researchers must try and approach it with fresh minds and not the usual "stone structures for the gods, sacrifice and ancient nonsensical stabbing in the dark" point of view, but truly consider the effort put into this. No one goes to this much effort without a payoff and religious isn't going to cut it to people who were working hard just to get enough food to survive and not be eaten by predators. There was a knowledge there that drove them, a technology. What exactly was this built to do?
Carnac Museum in France