Neolithic Passage Grave
West of Brynsiencyn, Anglesey OS Map Ref SH46226817
OS Maps - Landranger 114 (Anglesey), Explorer 263 (Anglesey East)
Looking southeast over Bodowyr passage tomb towards the hills of Snowdonia on the horizon
This pretty little dolmen
in in fact the central burial chamber remains of a passage
grave similar to some of those those found in parts of Ireland.
Three uprights around a metre in height support a wedge shaped pyramidal
about 2 metres in length and nearly a metre thick at its cap while a
fallen stone nearby on the western side of the tomb could have been
an upright or blocking stone, perhaps removed at some point in the past
by those in search of treasure. Just beyond the entrance towards the
southeast is a low boulder that may have been a kerb or sill stone.
Originally the stones would have been set within an earthen or rubble
mound with a narrow passage leading from the southeast to an entrance
in the side of the mound, there is some debate as to whether the material
around these types of tombs ever completely covered the stones or whether
the top of the monuments was left open to the elements. Whichever was
the case at Bodowyr this lower part has been completely removed either
due to erosion, ploughing or stone robbing leaving the monument looking
somewhat marooned in the middle of a farmers field.
Bodowyr is set in the fairly flat low land to the southeast of Anglesey and most of the surrounding landscape while attractive is unremarkable however there are some fantastic views to the southeast across the Menai Strait around 2 miles away towards the hills of northwest Wales. Of particular interest is the gap in the hills between Glyder Fawr and Snowdon and this valley now known as the Pass of Llanberis may well line up with the entrance to the tomb and could point to a possible reason for the position and orientation of Bodowyr. Further investigation is needed to try to establish a solar or lunar alignment with these hills.
Finding Bodowyr can be difficult and an OS map is highly recommended as it feels like the stones are in the middle of nowhere. Quite why then it needs to be 'protected' within an iron fence is not clear.
Glossary Item: Neolithic
Bodowyr - View of the southwest side of the tomb
Looking north at the entrance to the tomb, the sill stone is the low slab stone to the lower right.
Looking west with the sill stone now to the lower left of picture.
Bodowyr by night looking southeast towards the lights on the Welsh mainland.
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