The syntax

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The stately volume of this treatise on Order gives an impression of the extraordinary length of the path, which not only had to be cut into the plant-rich landscape for a geographical break, but also had to be opened to the political willingness of a possibly multi-layered society in order to lay out the monumental work, that is world-famous today.

In addition to the socio-political challenge, another unit had to be adhered to: the straight line.

Reading through the numerous lines of this treatise, it almost seems that the alignements are as straight as these written „sentences“; as if they were drawn with a ruler. 

After the menhirs: Scripture as an ambassador for the past @ Georges Scherrer

The impression is deceptive. If one looks at aerial photographs of the site, one notices that the rows of stones are sometimes a little further apart, then again closer together. These fluctuations at least testify to the difficulties, that the people of that time had in keeping the stones straight, when they put them up and tried to keep them in line.

The straight line as a clear statement @ Georges Scherrer

In addition to the socio-political challenge, these people also had to strive for a great deal of unity in the construction of the stone formations: straight lines, regular spacing, coordinated size of the menhirs. The size of the stones decreases in an orderly fashion from the west. From a certain point they grow in their dimensions. The lumps were not only dragged and erected. They also had to be sorted.

It is necessary to go back to the beginning to get on the track of what you have come up with.

What still stands from Carnac today, witness to the tremendous work, that was done both technically and intellectually. During the thousands of years, that the enormous structure has been standing, stones were removed from the Alignements and used to build houses and probably also dry stone walls.

A mortared wall provides protection @ Georges Scherrer

Others fell down and were later erected again, possibly displaced, so that they no longer stand exactly on the same spot, where they were placed in primeval times. This is the view of the research. It is possible that the picture of the stone alignment, that we have today, does not correspond in certain details to that, which they offered in their origins.

Nevertheless, the achievement of the people of that time, despite all admiration for what they achieved, should not be overestimated. Rather, it is necessary to go back to the beginning, out of reverence for the wirepullers and builders of the artificial veins, that were laid through the Carnac area, in order to possibly get to the bottom of what they devised and started.

Rolling stock for the transport of the heavy menhirs @ Georges Scherrer

Because at the beginning there was definitely not the necessary number of suitable stones on this area to implement what had been thought up. Carnac was a chosen place for some reason. Whether originally a forest or a meadow, pasture land covered the area is irrelevant. Likewise, the question whether forest had to be cleared is irrelevant. The tree trunks could possibly have served as rollers over which the stones were pulled and pushed. But this remains pure speculation, like much of Carnac. However, an intellectual examination of this question is still possible. This should now be undertaken.

The stone colossi are not authentic menhirs like those in the Gallic village of the indomitable.

The guide through the ranks of Carnac will not go into such considerations and questions, but, once again with her fine smile, will calmly explicate and explain that the work of such magnitude damaged the soil in such a lasting way, that no forest could grow there for years.

When the lady is asked too many questions, she sometimes repeats herself. But she proves to be extremely patient, when she is with the tourists. This is what good tourist guides have in them.

It is noticeable, when one walks from Carnac into the rows, that the huge stone colossuses are not actual menhirs, as they are interpreted in the classical sense and waisted in the ‘small village of indomitable Gauls’. Rather, the majority of the colossuses are made of stone slabs, which were erected, as the guide kindly tells, in the same condition, how they were found on the ground or loosened from it.

The guide corrects a questioner: No, the stones are not hewn, but left in their natural state. It is possible that they were not all transported from far away, as is the case with other singular menhirs, which are isolated and visible from afar and which are particularly important because of their placement.

Ambassador from the Stone Age @ Georges Scherrer

Was there an intention behind this naturalness? Or did it simply turn out to be too much effort to hew such a quantity of stones before setting them up and to bring them into a different suitable form than the original one? Which form? Did the man of that time already think so far, that he decided not only to shape the installation according to his will, but also to leave each stone its natural form? What prevented the Carnac people from tackling the artistic transformation of each individual stone? A specific idea.

Babylon and Persepolis were built according to these ideas.

The thoroughly styled, straightforward construction method corresponds to a more modern way of thinking. Babylon and Persepolis were built according to these ideas. But the two archaic cities emerged thousands of years after Carnac. Carnac goes back further in time.

Other ambassadors from the old age @ Georges Scherrer


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