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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David W. (3 years ago)
I would recommend a visit, really interesting place
madame four (3 years ago)
awesome place! it's natural and it stays like thousands of years ago.. totally recommended to come walking or by car
John Grisley (3 years ago)
Awesome! Well kept and easily accessible.
Matt Coyne (3 years ago)
Well worth the effort to find this amazing place. Free to enter. Well kept and peaceful.
Geoffrey Swindale (3 years ago)
Interesting ancient monument - although no parking at site. There is a car park a short walk away on the coast with nice view of Herm
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