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Guernsey — Links

Digimap Guernsey

Online mapping for Guernsey monuments. It's not brilliant - you don't seem to be able to filter by the age of the monument, which is a shame. And it won't give the grid reference. But it might help you a bit.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th November 2016ce

La Varde (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Folklore

"L'Autel des Vardes" at L'Ancresse.

This consists of five enormous blocks of granite, laid horizontally on perpendicular piles, as large as their enormous covering. Around it, the remains of a circle of stones, of which the radius is thirty-three feet, and the centre of which coincides with the tomb. Mr Metivier says in his "Souvenirs Historiques de Guernesey" that this "Cercle de la Plain," in Norse Land Kretz, on this exposed elevation, could not fail to attract the attention of the Franks, Saxons, and Normans, and thus gave its name to the surrounding district.

In it were found bones, stone hatchets, hammers, skulls, limpet shells, etc., etc.

It is perhaps to this latter fact that we must attribute the idea which is entertained by the peasantry that hidden treasures, when discovered by a mortal, are transformed in appearance by the demon who guards them into worthless shells.
From Guernsey Folk Lore by Edgar MacCulloch, edited by Edith Carey (1903).
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
12th November 2016ce

Le Dolmen du Couperon (Allee-Couverte) — News

Tree falls on dolmen

ISLANDERS are being warned to keep away from the site of an ancient tomb in St Martin that has been damaged by a large fallen tree.

Robert Waterhouse (46), the field archaeologist for the Société Jersiaise, which is dedicated to preserving Jersey’s history and culture, said the 5,000-year-old Le Couperon dolmen, near Saie Harbour, had been hit by a 40-ft Monterey pine during a storm earlier this month.

The fallen tree, which broke the western capstone – a flat stone on top of the tomb – is due to be cut up and removed this week.

Any damage to the dolmen can then be properly assessed.
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
22nd March 2016ce

Le Dolmen du Couperon (Allee-Couverte) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Le Dolmen du Couperon</b>Posted by Chance Chance Posted by Chance
20th March 2016ce

Le Dolmen du Couperon (Allee-Couverte) — Links

Le Dolmen du Couperon page on prehistoric Jersey net

Chance Posted by Chance
20th March 2016ce

Herm — Fieldnotes

Relating to the picture of a possible megalithic female (?mother goddess) figure that I've just posted. Herm has many prehistoric sites, unfortunately not all extant*. If this is indeed a figure, and if it stood where it now lies (by the path down to Belvoir just after the Carrefour, by Le Manoir), it would be more or less in the centre of the island, by the crossroads, and on a high point.

*Links to Durham University excavations
Tiamthe Posted by Tiamthe
28th January 2016ce

Herm — Images

<b>Herm</b>Posted by Tiamthe Tiamthe Posted by Tiamthe
28th January 2016ce

Le Dolmen de Mont Ube (Passage Grave) — News

Vandals target Neolithic Dolmen

From the Jersey Evening Post:

"A DOLMEN that has stood for thousands of years in St Clement has been vandalised.

The Société Jersiaise is appealing for information after Dolmen de Mont Ubé was daubed in spray paint.

The Neolithic passage grave was built around 6,000 years ago and can be found in trees around 100 metres from Rue de la Blinerie."

Full story with picture
baza Posted by baza
5th December 2015ce

Jersey — News

Ice Age engravings found at Jersey archaeological site

"A dig in Jersey has yielded a stash of hunter-gatherer artefacts from the end of the last Ice Age, including stone pieces criss-crossed by carved lines."
scubi63 Posted by scubi63
2nd November 2015ce

Archaeologists in Jersey find solid gold torc hidden in Celtic coin hoard

Archaeologists in Jersey find solid gold torc hidden in Celtic coin hoard
By Richard Moss

A Celtic coin hoard discovered on Jersey has been offering up its secrets and astounding archaeologists with a series of golden treasure finds.

For the last two weeks, the Jersey Heritage hoard conservation team have been excavating in an area known to contain gold jewellery and late last week, one end of a solid gold torc was uncovered.

The find comes on the back of several finds within the hoard including two other solid gold torcs, one gold plated and one of an unknown alloy, along with a silver brooch and a crushed sheet gold tube. But the latest discovery is considerably larger than anything previously unearthed on the island.

A large, rigid neck ring, archaeologist say the torc has a massive decorative ‘terminal’, which is where it was probably locked closed around the owner’s neck. The terminal is formed from two solid gold wheels, each about 4cm across and 1cm wide.

So far, 10cm of the curved gold collar has been uncovered and it is not yet known how complete it is.

“It’s an incredible time here,” said Neil Mahrer, Jersey Museum Conservator. “Every hour or so we are finding a new gold object.

“We did see some gold jewellery on the surface of the hoard, but since we’ve started looking at this shoe-box sized area, we’ve uncovered a total of six torcs, five of which are gold and one which we believe to be gold-plated. This is the only one that we think is whole, though.”

The extent of the torc’s wholeness will be discovered in the next few weeks as the coins currently hiding it will be painstakingly recorded and removed.

Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick, an Iron Age jewellery expert who has been involved in studying jewellery found in other Jersey hoards has been assisting with the interpretation. He has already identified comparable features in examples found in 2nd century BC hoards at Bergien, Belgium and Niederzier, Germany.

A small stone has also been uncovered, possibly of local granite. Archaeologists say it may be no more than a pebble in the field that fell into the treasure pit during the burial, but, as it is an odd shape and size, its purpose will be investigated.

At the end of the clearing period the torc will be scanned in place to record its position to fractions of a millimetre before being removed, probably along with some of the other jewellery surrounding it.
moss Posted by moss
5th December 2014ce
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