Zkamenělý pastýř menhir

The Zkamenělý pastýř menhir is a prehistoric standing stone or menhir located in the Czech Republic.

Zkamenělý pastýř menhir
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The Zkamenělý pastýř menhir is a prehistoric standing stone or menhir located in the Czech Republic. It is situated in a field near the town of Bělečko, in the region of Central Bohemia, about 50 km east of Prague.

The menhir is made of sandstone and measures approximately 3 meters in height, with a width of about 1 meter. It is estimated to date back to the Neolithic or Bronze Age, around 3000-2000 BC.

The name “Zkamenělý pastýř” means “petrified shepherd” in Czech, and comes from a local legend that says the stone was once a shepherd who was turned to stone as punishment for lying.

The Zkamenělý pastýř menhir is one of the few prehistoric standing stones in the Czech Republic and is considered an important archaeological site. It is also a popular tourist attraction, with visitors coming to see the impressive stone and learn about the history and folklore associated with it.

In recent years, there have been efforts to preserve and protect the menhir, as it has been threatened by erosion and vandalism. A fence has been erected around the stone to protect it from further damage, and efforts are underway to raise awareness about the importance of preserving this ancient monument.

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