Monthly Archives: January 2011

“Catch the Trade Winds in Your Sails. Explore. Dream. Discover”: The Story of a Gallic Town

It is incredible to me to think that France had developed its “wine”culture even as early as the third century B.C. The ancient Lattara settlers’ ability to cultivate grapes, olives, and other vegetation makes me wonder how they stumbled upon … Continue reading

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Lattara: Crossroads of Conversation

With Lascaux and Morbihan, we explored prehistory in the Paleolithic and Neolithic Eras respectively. Now we are dealing with protohistory: that is, the transition from prehistory to history. We started out with the nomadic hunters of Lascaux in western France, … Continue reading

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Motifs in the Megaliths of Morbihan: Beauty in Simplicity

Nik Pontasch / Dr. Sarah Jane Murray / French Art & Architecture / 26 January 2011 In addition to the formidable size and grandeur of the Morbihan Megaliths, the readings for today revealed that the artistic creativity of the people … Continue reading

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Sacred Spaces

What I find most fascinating about the megalithic culture is the contrast between the transient agricultural lifestyle and the transcendent megastructures devoted to the spiritual life of the culture. These two images would have been a stark reminder to the … Continue reading

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Mythbusters

There are many interesting myths associated with the Morbihan Megaliths. Some of the myths, according to the website, are easily tied with historical events that cause a trend of myths associated with the megaliths. The myth of Saint-Cornely is a … Continue reading

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Patterns of Carnac

The megaliths can help us clearly understand that the ancient civilizations who constructed them held a high importance for their resting place after death. Their heavy dedication to the afterlife may be able to explain the hard work and perseverance that … Continue reading

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“Like a rock”…. (cue Chevy truck commercial music)

Not only do we see a sophisticated use of tools and resources by the megalith builders in transporting such large stones across great distances and shaping them the way they envisioned, but their art, pottery, and tools are also remarkable … Continue reading

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