Le Pinacle is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the Channel Islands. It takes its name from a massive granite stack which rises out of the sea.

The earliest deposits date to the Early Neolithic (c4800 BC). Substantial quantities of pottery, animal bone and stone tools (including a unique series of dolerite picks and several unfinished stone axes) were excavated which suggests that this was an axe-production centre. An earth platform was constructed at the foot of Le Pinacle during the Chalcolithic period (c2850 BC) and seems to have been an open-air ceremonial site. Finds included Beaker pottery, an axe and knives and arrowheads made from French flint. Later structures and deposits on the site range from a Bronze Age earth rampart, Iron Age artefacts and a Gallo- Roman ‘fanum’ (a shrine or temple) (c200 AD).


How to get there:
Route 8 provides a regular service during the summer season. During the winter you will need to plan your route more carefully with infrequent bus times. For full details please visit www.libertybus.je


Some photography on this page is reproduced with thanks to Chris Brookes.