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26 October 2008
Exceptional archaeological discovery in Brittany

During the Heritage Days held on 20 and 21 September, the Museum of Prehistory in Carnac (Brittany, France) publicly unveiled the exceptional archaeological discovery at Saint-Pierre-Quiberon. They found four long polished axes and a submerged menhir alignment, dating from the early Neolithic period (fifth millennium BCE).      
     The axes were discovered August 2007. While collecting shellfish on the Rohu du Petit-Saint-Pierre-Quiberon beach, two tourists and their child discovered four axes in the water. This discovery led a team of archaeologists to conduct research in the area of Saint-Pierre-Quiberon, which enabled them to find an alignment of 45 submerged menhirs, confirming the importance of the Neolithic site. The curator of the Museum of Prehistory in Carnac, Emmanuelle Vigier, confirmed that it was an exceptional discovery, no other collectioon of this magnitude had been found in the area since the nineteenth century. She said: "The axes from the Neolithic show that there was an elite able to obtain this type of object, a very hierarchical society, much more than previously thought just a few years ago."
     The axes can be admired at the Museum of Carnac (Place de la Chapelle).

Sources: Novopress (23 September 2008), Celtic Myth Podshow (7 October 2008)

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