The Rocher Laurenzo Megaliths

A striking rock at one end of the passageway

Today, we’re visiting the Wasserwald, a Gallo-Roman archaeological site located in the forest near the village of Haegen, at the junction of the French departments of Bas-Rhin and Moselle. The site uncovers the remains of an ancient Celtic village, believed to have flourished between the mid-2nd and 3rd centuries AD.

However, within the area lies something that may appear even more intriguing upon closer inspection. This is Rocher Laurenzo, a vast expanse dotted with massive sandstone rocks, partly shaped and arranged in a way that challenges the belief in their natural formation.

As at other similar sites, it is the proximity to a Celtic settlement and sanctuary as well as archaeological finds, such as a Roman statue of Jupiter discovered here, that are suspicious. This spatial correlation between Celtic and Roman (sacred) sites and nearby megalithic-looking structures is not uncommon on my excursions.

Satellite image of a section of the area

I’m not referring to menhirs, burial mounds, or similar structures from Celtic or Neolithic times when I say megalithic in this context. Instead, I’m talking about truly colossal formations that appear to be way older and partially heavily eroded or damaged, so that today they are commonly regarded as simply the result of natural processes. Some here may view it as just the latter, and I have tangible proof to suggest it’s anything else. So take a look for yourself and draw your conclusions.

But let’s first see what’s left of the Celtic community that lived here.

The Gallo-Roman Village

The settlement extended over several hectares and encompassed a collection of agricultural structures alongside a temple dedicated to the tribal god Toutatis and fertility goddess Epona, and remnants of a burial site. Excavations have also uncovered various sculpture fragments and steles.

Contrary to their counterparts in the plains, these individuals led a relatively isolated existence with minimal influence from Roman culture, forming what certain authors describe as the Vosges Summit Culture. Their villages were usually located on the slopes of the Vosges mountains, ranging in elevation from 300 to 700 meters and the residents primarily made their living through agriculture and livestock farming. To support the latter, they built enclosures and pathways flanked by walls, the remnants of which are still visible today.

The Gallo-Roman archaeological site

The Megaliths

Just a few hundred meters from the Gallo-Roman archaeological discoveries, you’ll find Rocher Laurenzo. (rocher translates as “rock” or “stone”). Its presumed namesake, Saint Lawrence, was a significant figure in early Christianity. This proximity appears to be more than mere coincidence. As briefly mentioned earlier, and as is often the case, we likely see here again the intertwining of an ancient spiritual site with the legacies of Celts, Romans, and the Catholic Church alike. All of them are represented here in one way or another.

If it’s really a megalithic complex, it undoubtedly holds significant spiritual importance. It then bears the remnants of a vanished and long-forgotten, enigmatic civilization with seemingly incredible capabilities. It is possible that these beings, whose abandoned sites may have been found by the Celts, were subsequently worshipped as gods by the latter and perhaps even by the Romans. It is also conceivable that to this day they are secretly regarded as divine by certain insider circles within the Catholic Church.

It was only after my visit that I learned some of the rocks feature round sacrificial bowls on their surfaces, similar to those that can be found at various Celtic sanctuaries. As previously stated, this could indicate that the Celts discovered a place of spiritual importance here and conducted their own religious ceremonies at this place. Unfortunately, since I didn’t know about it, I couldn’t capture any photographs of these bowls. On my next visit, I will seek them out and update this post accordingly.

Here are a few impressions from the heart of the complex.

Rocher Laurenzo

Scattered around the center, you can find enormous, megalithic-like rock formations too. Some are isolated on relatively gentle slopes, with no chance of having broken off from higher cliffs. The possibility that they were displaced by a glacier or a cataclysmic event is conceivable. Likely, everything once belonged to the central structure.

Regardless of its origins, natural or otherwise, everything here must be incredibly ancient.

More megaliths in the surroundings

Map & Video

The site is located in the French Vosges
Short tour of the location

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