Many of my readers may know about Gavrinis, but I’ll go on the assumption that it is new to everyone. Gavrinis is a small island off the coast of Brittany France. The island itself is uninhabited and is not remarkable in and of itself. However, the passage tomb that occupies a portion of the island is remarkable indeed. First, let’s look at where the island lies and how you can get to it if you want to visit.
Where is Gavrinis?
Here is the map showing Gavrinis and its proximity to Larmor-Baden. Visitors to the island travel by boat from Larmor-Baden.
The passage tomb on the island is home to some of the most amazing megalithic art in the world. Twenty-nine slabs make up the sides of the passage with twenty-three of the slabs highly decorated. Below are pictures of the carvings on the slabs.
Experts estimate the site was built about 3500 BC and use stopped about 3000 BC. As an archaeological find, I think they are cool and to think about the people who inhabited the area and how they lived 5000 years ago is amazing. But, since we want to explore mysterious things, what do the carvings mean?
Wikipedia tells us there are common items like axes and staffs carved into the stones. They speculate a horn-like symbol might represent cattle. However, what do the lines and whorls mean? Conspiracy theorists claim they can find evidence of advanced mathematical knowledge in the carvings. Things like the number of days in a year, the circumference of the earth, and, perhaps most importantly, the constant Pi. If true, one has to wonder where such knowledge came from and why it was depicted in the carvings? Did aliens bring the knowledge? Was this an outpost of Atlantis? Of course, we won’t know the answer to these questions, but it is fun to speculate.
What do you think? Are the carvings simply decorative or are they indicative of advanced knowledge lost over time? If the latter, where do you think it originated? I’m curious to know your thoughts, so leave a comment and let me know!