Rhiw
Neolithic Chambered Tomb
Southeast of Tal-y-Fan, Gwynedd. Wales  OS Map Ref SH74127189
OS Maps - Landranger 115 (Snowdon), Explorer 17 (Snowdon)


Rhiw chambered tomb looking northwest
The entrance to Rhiw chambered tomb looking northwest.
The chambered tomb of Rhiw stands about 100 metres northeast its more famous neighbour the Maen y Bardd and due to the amount of stones lying across the hillside it is initially quite difficult to find. When seen from the east however the form of a small square chamber becomes visible beneath a large slab-like capstone supported by low uprights and the reason for alternate name for the site 'The Greyhound's Kennel' becomes clear. The chamber is thought to be the eastern terminal of a Neolithic barrow or cairn about 10 metres in length that appears to be partly built into the hillside but the mound has been badly damaged and it is difficult to tell what is part of the original structure and what is natural, it is possible that there were other chambers that have since been destroyed.
Rhiw forms part of a line of prehistoric monuments that follow the southern slopes of Tal-y-Fan towards the pass through the hills at Bwlch y Ddeufaen, a route later utilised by the Romans for a road between Caerhun and Caernarfon and which offers spectacular views to the east across the valley of the River Conwy.
Looking south over the valley of the Afon Tafolog
Looking south over the valley of the Afon Tafolog.
Close-up view of Rhiw burial chamber
Close-up view of Rhiw burial chamber.


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