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Archaeologists make 'spectacular' discovery at Delancey

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« on: June 26, 2010, 08:57:03 pm »

He said: "We've found some quite significant archaeology. We've started to find structures that come away from the main gallery grave and we also have artefacts.

"So far the results have been quite spectacular."

The Delancey Park structure is Guernsey's only gallery grave, while there are two to be found in Jersey and more along the Atlantic coast of northern Europe.

Gallery graves belong to the late Neolithic period and are therefore more recently built than the more prevalent 'passage' graves, such as Les Fouillages and Dehus in the Vale.



An artist's impression of the site
The gallery grave lies roughly on an east-west axis

Dr Nash explained: "The earlier constructions feature passages leading to an inner space, often with partitioned areas that may denote 'engendering' - the separate burial of males and females.

"The gallery grave consists of one narrow space of up to 20 metres, flanked by lines of stones outside the main construction.

"These delineate the revered space around the gallery from the ordinary ground beyond."

The most significant object found on the site during earlier digs was the head of a greenstone axe.
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