A whole chain of ancient stones was discovered during construction work in the commune of Saint-Leonard in the canton of Valais, Switzerland. Archaeologists who examined this place have established that the found prehistoric monument is a group of menhirs.
According to Heritage Daily, the excavations were carried out by the regional archaeological department of Saint-Leonard in collaboration with the archeology department of the Valais canton.
As a result, the researchers found 13 medium-sized menhirs. Translated from French "menhir" means "long stone". In the 19th century, this phrase became an archaeological term. It was then that all over the world, scientists began to find mysterious stones installed by people in antiquity.
Menhir in the modern sense is a large megalith - a stone located vertically and vaguely resembling a human figure. It is believed that these megaliths had a sacred meaning and were used for religious purposes.
However, their exact purpose has not yet been established. Menhirs are found both in the form of free-standing monoliths and as part of certain structures. There are, for example, monuments in which menhirs are lined up in the shape of a circle, and there are menhirs lined up along a line.
In this case, the boulders found have exactly a linear arrangement - 13 stones are lined up next to each other. Scientists suggest that the structure may be dated to the Bronze Age, although there are also suggestions about the Neolithic period. The exact age will be determined after radiocarbon dating.
The region around the town of Saint-Leonard was inhabited during the Neolithic period, as evidenced by the rock carvings found nearby. In addition, earlier linear menhirs of the Neolithic era were discovered in the vicinity of the city of Sion, located five kilometers from these places.