An unusual megalithic complex was found in France

Experts have discovered not only an ancient settlement, but also an ancient large-scale megalithic complex. For the last three years French scientists have been conducting excavations on the territory of the municipality of Massongui. The most ancient monument Chemin des Bels consists of two main parts: the first is a Middle Neolithic settlement, the second is a large megalithic complex.

In the middle of the complex is a massive slab 3.4 m long, 1.1 m wide and 1 m thick. Its weight is about 5 tons. Various artifacts were found near it. Earlier the slab was upright and was a place of worship to the gods.

One end of it was sharpened by hand, and around it were placed stone slabs one meter in height. There are eight of them now, but originally there were about 15 such blocks. In a careful analysis of the monument, scientists found that there are patterns on some of the stones. Scientists believe that these may have been the oldest maps of the area.

It is likely that the likeness of Stonehenge was built according to a precise plan. The process took several stages, and at times it was redesigned. Thus it survived for several decades in its original form. Then the slabs were dropped and buried in the ground, leaving only the central one untouched. And the circle was formed by large platforms from rubble.

Originally a sacral place was isolated. People visited it often, but they came from afar. In 3500-2700 BC the settlement, which is the second part of Chemin des Bels, was built a few meters from the megalithic complex.