The mysterious Menhir of Kermore



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Particularly difficult to classify is this massive, hewn stone:


During the purification of the stone fountain of Kermore in 2008 by Manfred Keppeler, a passionate archaeologist, a large hewn menhir was uncovered. He is about 1.50 m high, 75 cm wide and 50 cm deep. Its weight is about 500 kg. The stone has an unusual, abstract-looking form, which allows very different interpretations.
The upper third of the stone is formed from a right triangle. The side opposite the right angle of the triangle (hypotenuse) is additionally bevelled sideways. The bevelled tip of the stone has a smoothed surface. The triangular area was originally larger; on one side of the triangle is missing a 15 x 20 cm piece.
In the lower third of the stone material was removed over the entire width of the stone. Total volume of the removed material: 50 cm x 70 cm x 7 cm. This extensive stone working is also an indication that the current shape of the stone is not of natural origin.
The back of the stone is flat and has no recognizable processing. The stone looks very powerful and gives the impression of an abstract sculpture.

Interpretation:
Obviously, first of all, there is an adaptation of the menhir in the Stone Age. Right next to the menhir, at a distance of 1 m, there is a horizontal stone with several circular depressions. 70 m east, in the courtyard of Kermore, there is also a shell stone, which has the typical for the Stone Age processing. The oldest shell or pot stones are assigned to the Middle Stone Age (8000-4500 BC). 1.) Bowl stones


There are stone sculptures in Celtic culture, but their interpretation is also difficult. The stone heart next to the menhir could indicate that it had been worked on by Celtic stonemasons. Heart-shaped depictions by which the Celts and salt blocks in the form of a heart are historically secured. 2.) Heart-shaped salt blocks

Engravings with chalk drawn: "mano in fica" ("Fingerpike")?




A cultivation of the menhirs and the heart by Roman stonemasons is probable. The Fountain of Kermore is just 600 meters from the ancient Roman road Carhaix - Pontivy.


The shape of the stone and the superficial structures can be interpreted as hands; it is unclear whether it is a hand with an extended index finger, or a "finger crease".






The upwardly stretched right arm and index finger (digitus salutaris) was the common greeting gesture in the Roman Empire. Since the menhir but represents the left hand, it is more likely the mano in fica. 3.) digitus salutaris


The "finger-stick", with the thumb between the index and middle fingers, was a symbol of fertility and luck in ancient Rome. As an amulet, the "mano in fica" was also used to ward off evil spells. 4.) mano in fica


By a C-14 analysis (radiocarbon dating) of plant material could be proved that the small Menhir 1680 (+ - 30 years) was overturned.



Menhir or abstract sculpture? (Color changed representation)