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The steles of the Norman Cross

(Municipality of Locmaria-Plouzané)

GPS : 48°21'32.2 N   4°38'31.8 W

Access :   From Brest, take the D789 towards Le Conquet. After about 8 km, you can see the crosses on the left below the road. Turn right and then immediately left towards Trégana. The two steles are located near the large roundabout.

  From Le Conquet, take the road to Brest (D789). After 9km, turn right towards Trégana. The steles are next to the large roundabout.

Well preserved by a small wall, these two very different steles are oriented North-South and surmounted by rounded crosses.

The South stele :

  The South stele is a truncated pyramid with an octagonal section. Its height is 1.40 m. The finishing work is remarkable. However, a recent cement coating hides the visible junction areas in the drawing below.

Drawing by Etienne MOREL, 1926

The North Stele :

  The North stele is approximately truncated but its size is irregular. It shows traces of repairs that have filled cracks that were still visible a few years ago.

Drawing by Etienne MOREL, 1926

Preserved because they support crosses, these two Gallic steles of the second Iron Age probably come from two burials of urns relatively close but whose location is still unknown.

The drawings by archaeologist Etienne MOREL are taken from "Les stèles de l'âge du fer dans le Léon", by Marie-Yvane DAIRE and Pierre-Roland GIOT, Rennes, 1989.


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