Affiloir de Gargantua
The Affiloir de Gargantua is a prehistoric monument located in the town of Huelgoat, in the region of Brittany, France.
The Affiloir de Gargantua is a prehistoric monument located in the town of Huelgoat, in the region of Brittany, France. It is a large, flat rock that is believed to have been used by Neolithic people to sharpen their tools and weapons, such as axes and arrowheads.
The name "Affiloir de Gargantua" translates to "Gargantua's sharpener", a reference to the legendary giant from French folklore who was said to have used the rock to sharpen his knives.
The Affiloir de Gargantua is located in a wooded area near Huelgoat and is accessible via a short hike through the forest. The rock itself is around 6 meters in length and 2 meters in width, and is made of granite, a common type of stone in the region.
Archaeologists believe that the Affiloir de Gargantua was used by Neolithic people as a communal tool-sharpening site, where they would gather to sharpen their tools and exchange knowledge about stoneworking techniques. The rock's flat surface shows clear signs of wear and tear from the repeated sharpening of tools over many centuries.
Today, the Affiloir de Gargantua is a popular tourist attraction in Huelgoat and is considered an important archaeological site. It provides insight into the daily lives and activities of prehistoric people in Brittany, and is a testament to their ingenuity and skill in stoneworking.
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