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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Christine Stubbs (2 years ago)
Kind of magical
Sam Meadows (2 years ago)
One place that really makes you stop and think about previous generations and the short history of man as we know so far. Eerie yet comforting.
Julie Mesny (2 years ago)
Worth a visit. Great to see.
Dne Murray (3 years ago)
One of the finer examples of Neolithic stonework in Jersey. Worth going out of your way to see.
Alaistair Jerrom-Smith (3 years ago)
One of the many ancient dolmens in Jersey.. amazing to think this was all built by hand thousands of years ago...
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