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Jersey — News

Jersey calls for return of dolmen


This news item appeared in Saturday's Times and was passed to me today. Regret Times online link is only available by subscription so will have to make do with this one.
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5116637/Jersey-calls-return-dolmen-stones-Oxfordshire.html
Jersey calls for the return of its 'Elgin Marbles' monument that was taken and rebuilt in Oxfordshire as a governor's retirement gift
- The dolmen stones were discovered in 1785 near the Jersey capital St Helier
- Monument was uprooted and taken to Oxfordshire estate of retiring governor
- Templecombe House in Henley-on-Thames which is on the market for £7million
- It has given the residents of Jersey a new hope that they could buy back the stones and return them to the island

One local man named Neil Holmes is planning to raise £8million through an online crowdfunder in a bid to purchase the estate.
He said: 'The aim of this is to buy the property that the neolithic Jersey dolmen currently resides on, repatriate the dolmen, then resell the estate.'

The stones were one of dozens of dolmens placed across the island which were shrouded in legend and thought to be 'the home of sprites and fairies'.
But many were broken up for building materials in the 17th and 18th century amid waning interest in the mythology surrounding the stunning monuments, according to local history experts.
General Conway was persuaded by his cousin - author Horace Walpole - to pay for the transport of his gift.
Note: There have been several previous attempts to reclaim the dolmen and the issue was raised in the House of Commons as far back as 1928.
tjj Posted by tjj
27th November 2017ce
Edited 28th November 2017ce

Archaeologists find Stones of interest


A COLLECTION of stones has been unearthed by a team of UK archaeologists investigating fields in St Clement earmarked for a new estate of 200 affordable homes.
Five stones, which could date back to the Island’s neolithic past when the dolmens were built, were discovered by a team from the Museum of London Archaeological Services at the former Samarès Nursery site.

Read more at..

https://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2017/10/18/archaeologists-find-stones-of-interest-on-estate-site/#5rD5GMXgMU4tVElq.99
moss Posted by moss
23rd October 2017ce

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.


http://jerseyeveningpost.com/news/2016/03/22/sticks-and-stones-tree-falls-on-dolmen/
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
http://community.dur.ac.uk/herm.project/
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
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