About 7,500 years ago rising sea-levels caused by the gradual melting of the ice caps and glaciers of the last Ice Age resulted in the place we now know as Jersey becoming an island.
It was about this time that a revolutionary, new idea arrived in the region – farming – and it was during this Neolithic period, or New Stone Age, that for the first time people began to have a significant effect on the landscape in which they lived. Armed with stone axes, these farmers began to clear the woodland to create the fields in which to grow crops and keep herds of sheep and cattle.
As a result of this more settled lifestyle people could own more than they could carry for the first time.
The most obvious evidence left behind by these Neolithic farmers are their religious sites – the dolmens. These big stone structures are found in every part of the island but the finest of them is La Hougue Bie.
For a very comprehensive website about the neolithic megaliths in the island visit Jeremy Percival's site: www.prehistoricjersey.net
Neolithic Spiritual Landscape - Information leaflet about the various features of Jersey's Neolithic Spiritual Landscape - the dolmens and menhirs.
Neolithic Terminology - Information leaflet about the various terms used by archaeologists to describe life and buildings in the Neolithic period.
Prehistoric Jersey - Jeremy Percival's excellent website featuring the Island's neolithic sites.
NEW - Neolithic Information Sheets - Neolithic activities for a visit to La Hougue Bie.