I would absolutely love to visit all the megalithic sites that remain in Brittany, but it seems every time I'm in that part of the world I am either with people who do not enjoy seeing that sort of thing, or I have no car and not enough time to get around by bike. It's only by pure chance we came across this tumulus and (finally) managed to get everyone in the car to agree to pull over and have a look. I know it's more often than not the case, but I've never understood how people could be uninterested by megalithic sites -- most of them have not even been entered as world heritage sites by UNESCO, even the biggest and most important ones (and even though many of them are well older than the pyramids in Egypt, etc..).
A carved stone just inside one of the entrance ways.
I have a little history with megalithic sites and roads. A couple years back, I camped out, along with other protesters, for a few weeks on the Hill of Tara in Ireland, as part of my efforts to stop a motorway from being built. The Hill of Tara is just one part of a huge complex of megalithic sites, the most important sites in Ireland. If you study any historical writings and records from Ireland, you will find Tara at the centre of everything. But I guess the road there has just opened today, going right through this complex, (which, it also happens, is for the most part, un-excavated). There is more information here.
This is so upsetting to me.
So, I'm going to struggle on to the end of this post, and no more talk about Tara. I'll leave you instead with another photo of that tumulus in Pornic (a town which, apparently, used to have one of the biggest concentrations of neolithic sites in Brittany... many of which are behind the walls of holiday homes now).
Let's hope it outlasts these houses by another 5 500 years.