La Pouquelaye de Faldouet is one of the best preserved dolmens in Jersey. A 5m long passage leads to a large circular chamber beyond which is a large capstoned end chamber. This capstone weighs approximately 24 tonnes and comes from a rhyolite outcrop 0.5km north of the site. Three small side chambers and two internal cists form the edges of the main chamber. The cists had capstones but it is unlikely that the passage and central area were ever roofed. The monument is surrounded by at least two drystone revetments and a ring of upright stones.

When it was no longer in use the site was covered by a rubble mound leaving only the capstone exposed. It was excavated in 1839, 1868 and in 1910 by the Société Jersiaise. Human bones from at least three adults and two children, one of which was a complete skeleton in a seated position in one of the side chambers were found as well as a three complete plain bowls, a small 'pigment cup', two vase supports (on which sat two of the bowls), flint tools, stone axes, rubbers, hammers, greenstone and dolerite pendants. The dolmen is one of the two Jersey monuments aligned with the solar equinox.

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Founded: 4000 - 3250 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Jonathan Boulle (38 days ago)
Great place to eat a couple of cakes. Simple and peaceful.
Jimmy Gray (2 months ago)
Not sure how you rate an ancient grave site?
Ian Le Breton (2 months ago)
A spectacular dolmen.
Piotr Tomaszewski (8 months ago)
"This Neolithic passage grave was built around 6,000 years ago (c. 4000-3250 BC). It consists of a passage leading into an unusual double chamber. The main chamber is open and surrounded by a series of small stone cists (boxes) while the end chamber is covered by a massive 24-ton capstone. The whole site was originally encircled by a low mound with two drystone walls and a ring of upright stones. The site was first recorded in 1682 and was excavated three times before 1910. Human remains were found in the cists and finds from the chamber include pottery vessels, two polished stone axes and two stone pendants." From Jersey Heritage website
E. Christoph Opfermann (10 months ago)
Beautifully set in a shaded cosp. Very mysterious. It's set out perfectly along an East West axis so that the rising spring and autumn equinox sun shines down its main axis.
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