Le Déhus is a fine Neolithic bottle shaped Passage Chamber with four side chambers off the entrance passage. Today there are six side chambers but two were erronously constructed during restoration. Side chamber first on the right was found to contain the bones of two individuals, kneeling side by side and facing in opposite directions, their bodies being supported by tightly packed earth and shells.

The sixth capstone, originally supported by a granite pillar has the engraved depiction of a male, 'Le Gardien du Tombeau'. Eyes, mouth, beard, hands, bow and numerous other symbolic shapes can be seen with the use of oblique lighting.A large quantity of finds were recovered during excavtion. Cremated human remains, pottery, a stone axe, a copper dagger and vast quantities of limpet shells. Evidence of re-paving showed that the chamber was in use for a considerable period of time. The whole tomb is covered by a mound with a peristalith made of large stones and dry-stone walling.

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Founded: 3500 - 2000 BC
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Katie Pike (5 months ago)
Really interesting history on the island definitely worth looking at would love to know more
Luke Inderwick (10 months ago)
Interesting place to visit and it's free! The carving is on the right on the roof. No parking but there are close beach car parks you can walk from.
john robilliard (10 months ago)
Spooky ancient relic
Andrew Cooper (11 months ago)
The place is a monument so it is what it is. It would probably be good to know that the entire interior is about 4ft high so if you're older than 10 you'll struggle to stand.
Nicholas John Nicolle (2 years ago)
If you like old stones, historical interesting I suppose
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