05 November 2012
The third issue of Jersey Post's Archaeology stamp series features dolmens from across the island ...
The five stamps, issued by Jersey Post on 2 November 2012, feature dolmens from across the island. Dolmens are grave-like monuments which date to the Neolithic period, usually featuring upright stones supporting a flat stone laid across the top of the monument.
In designing the stamps, Jersey Post consulted with local expert Jeremy Percival, who said: 'It is estimated that there are 75,000 dolmens worldwide. Thirteen may currently be seen in various locations around Jersey and more yet may lie awaiting to be discovered and excavated.'
Jersey Post's philatelic product manager Susanne Lowman said: 'Locals are undoubtedly aware of Jersey’s well-known dolmen at La Hougue Bie and have probably seen the gallery grave and cist-in-circle on the lower section of St Andrew’s Park. They might be surprised, however, at what can be found a little off the beaten track. For example, a short climb through the woodland at Mont Ubé or a peek over a low wall in the middle of a field at Grantez in St Ouen will each reveal Neolithic dolmens. Many people enjoy the study of archaeology and this series has been extremely popular with our collectors. We are lucky to be able to showcase so much of Jersey’s ancient history in this way.'
Jersey Post dolmen archaeology stamp details
- Issue date: 2 November 2012
- Designer: Andrew Robinson
- Number of stamps in issue: Five
- Values: 45p, 55p, 60p, 68p, 88p
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