Usually, an item of heritage is classified according to its purpose or use. Thus, for example, a fortification will be part of the military heritage. A chapel or a calvary in the religious heritage. A washhouse in the civil heritage, etc...
The archaeological heritage, on the other hand, can cover all these types of elements and many others. In fact, its elements differ only on the basis of their seniority.
We will therefore divide the archaeological heritage into two parts:
The prehistoric heritage represented in the Pays d'Iroise by the Neolithic megaliths: tumuli, cairns, dolmens and menhirs.
The Celtic heritage goes back to the time of independent Gaul : steles, small monuments that were mostly Christianized later.
And if you have the opportunity, don't miss the Museum of Prehistory in Penmarc'h, in the south of Finistère (
Museum of Prehistory
Many objects from the Pays d'Iroise are there on display. A funeral chest from the Bronze Age discovered at Le Conquet is reconstructed there. The bronze sword found in the bed of the Aber Ildut in Brélès is visible in a glass case. You can also see an engraved menhir from the Kermorvan peninsula.
A cultural stopover not to be missed.
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