Statue menhir

Statue menhir

A statue menhir is a type of carved standing stone created during the later European Neolithic.

The statues consist of a vertical slab or pillar with a stylised design of a human figure cut into it, sometimes with hints of clothing or weapons visible.

They are most commonly found in south and west France, Corsica, Italy, and the Alps. A group from the Iron Age also is known in Liguria.

There are two in Guernsey, "La Gran' Mère de Chimqiere", the Grandmother of Chimqiere, a highly-detailed example in the Parish of Saint Martin that is displayed at the article on Saint Martin, and another known simply as "La Gran' Mère" in the Parish of Castel. The later is an earlier example found buried underneath the parish church.

ee also

*Dolmen deity

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