Neolithic Chambered Barrow
Moelfre, Anglesey, Wales OS Map Ref SH50148604
OS Maps - Landranger 114 (Anglesey), Explorer 263 (Anglesey East)
Lligwy chambered tomb. View from the south of the capstone and the partly buried uprights.
This squat chambered
tomb is in fact taller than it looks on first inspection. It is
built partly underground and the 8 uprights are actually 2 metres high
with about half their height being either above or below the surface
level. Of these uprights only 3 support the huge capstone
which measures 5.5 metres long by 4.5 metres wide and is around a metre
thick, giving it an estimated weight of a massive 25 tons. If there
was ever a covering of earth or rubble over the chamber then all traces
of this have now gone but there is evidence that the tomb had an entrance
on its eastern side and it could be that a narrow passage led through
the side of this vanished mound to the entrance. Finds from an excavation
in 1909 were discovered on two separate layers and included the bones
of up to 30 people as well as many animal bones and shellfish such as
limpets and mussels. The presence of both grooved ware and beaker pottery
would indicate that this tomb was in use during both the Neolithic
and then again during the early Bronze
View of the tomb from the north east, the gap between the uprights to the left may be the original entrance.
Night-time image of Lligwy - Autumn 2010.
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