The Tumulus de Kernours of Le Bono !

And moving right along in my road warrior local version, I came back to Le Bono and the Tumulus of Kernours! This is very interesting sites and very much revered by the Bretons. We have tons of stone all over, and this one is unique because sits right by the Auray river and the bay out to the Gulf of Morbihan. Therefore, let me tell you a bit more of it, and hope you enjoy it as I.

The Kernours tumulus is located at a site called “Le Rocher”, in the town of Le Bono, in my beautiful Morbihan, only 19 km from my house. I was on my local road warrior mood and decided to stop by after passing by another property in nearby Pluneret.  Again, I have a previous post on them but this additional info and new pictures, You get off the D101 and enter a local road rue Jean Jaurés until a parking and panel tells you of the Tumulus de Kernours, You walked in the rest of the way and you see the tumulus ,further you see the beautiful bay, FYI you better to bring a real lamp because the torch of the smartphone is simply not good enough,

Le Bono tombes kernours entr jun22

These are circular burials under a burial mound. Beneath the tumulus is a dolmen with a covered aisle, bent in L, 18 meters long, 35 meters in diameter composed of 36 stones supporting 14 tables. The totem of a maritime tribe, the octopus, is engraved on certain pillars. Its dating puts it back to the late 40C BC. It is a common burial. It is surrounded by six circular burials, or tombs, which are believed to date from the Iron Age 15C BC. Some of the 24 bronze bracelets found in these tombs are on display at the Museum of Prehistory in Carnac.(see post).

Le Bono tombes kernours end stele jun22

The Megalithism was quickly forgotten. At the time of the Gauls, we move on to individual burials. In the Bronze Age, it is the same, the alignments are sometimes transformed into individual burials. In the time of Christianity, the Church tries to eradicate from the surface of the ground these megaliths because they generate pagan beliefs. In the Middle Ages, all these masses of stones were used as quarries to stone paths, make embankments or build sheepfolds. It is only in the 19C that we are interested in it. And especially in the 20C with the creation of France’s Ministry of Culture.

The City of Le Bono on the Tumulus de Kernours

The Megaliths of the Morbihan on Kernours :

The Breton megaliths site on the tumulus of Kernours

There you go folks, one of the highlights of living in beautiful Morbihan is the fact of these stones that are world famous and practically impossible to estimate exactly their age. They are all over the Morbihan and the one in Le Bono is a nice one indeed. Hope you enjoy the educational historical and architecturally story of the tumulus of Kernours !

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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