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Le Trepied Dolmen

Le Trepied Dolmen

Le Trépied

This neolithic tomb is not only connected to the early settlers in the islands but also to the practice of witchcraft and the appearance of the devil!

This prehistoric passage grave was built during the Neolithic period (4000 to 2500BC) and sits on the Catioroc headland in St Saviours.

Le Trépied is a single chamber tomb, 5.5 metres in length and two metres at its widest point with three capstones, one of which was returned to its original position in the 1870s after it had fallen off.

Excavations in 1840 discovered pottery and flint arrowheads dating to 1800BC  showing that the site was still in use then.

Like all monuments from prehistory there is a lot of myth and legend connected with the site but this one has its own association with witchcraft.

Le Trepied Dolmen

The single chamber tomb

The tomb was repeatedly mentioned in the 17th Century witch trials as a meeting place for witches and as the venue for the sabbats.

These witches' sabbaths are eight meetings held each year to celebrate events like the solstices and equinoxes and were allegedly attended by the Devil!

One story says that the witches used to perform chants mocking the Virgin Mary whose shrine of Notre Dame de Lihou once stood on the nearby island which can be seen from the headland where the tomb stands.

last updated: 07/01/2009 at 13:01
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