The Two Megalithic Lunar Observatories at Carnac

@article{Thom1976TheTM,
  title={The Two Megalithic Lunar Observatories at Carnac},
  author={Alexander Strang Thom and Alexander Strang Thom and Jason M. Gorrie},
  journal={Journal for the History of Astronomy},
  year={1976},
  volume={7},
  pages={11 - 26}
}
In a previous paper! we showed that it is probable that there were two large Megalithic lunar observatories in the Carnac area. One was centred in the large menhir on the hilltop at Le Manio and the other, on what was (before it broke and fell) the largest menhir in Europe, namely Er Grah or Le Grand Menhir Brise, At Stonehenge and at Brogar the observers worked near the main monument and looked outwards to distant foresights which were, at Brogar at least, natural features of the skyline. At… 
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