Saturday, 24 May 2014

Highly Unusual Archaeological Monument is La Hougue Bie

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Highly Unusual Archaeological Monument is La Hougue Bie 

La Hougue Bie is a historic site, with museum, in the Jersey parish of Grouville. Hougue is a Jerriais/Norman language word meaning a "mound" and comes from the Old Norse word haugr. Bie is of uncertain origin. The legend of La Hougue Bie connects it with the Seigneur of Hambye in the Cotentin; an Old Norse origin may connect it to -by toponyms in Great Britain; or it may be connected to the Jerriais word bie (leat).

La Hougue Bie is depicted on the 2010 issue Jersey 1 pound note.

The site consists of 18.6 metre long passage chamber covered by a 12.2 metre high earth mound. The site was first excavated in 1925 by the Societe Jersiaise. Fragments of twenty vase supports were found along with the scattered remains of at least eight individuals. Gravegoods, mostly pottery, were also present. Sources
 


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