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Bryn Celli Ddu, Gaerwen

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Bryn Celli Ddu is a prehistoric site on the Welsh island of Anglesey located near Llanddaniel Fab. Its name means 'the mound in the dark grove'. It was archaeologically excavated between 1928 and 1929. Visitors can get inside the mound through a stone passage to the burial chamber, and it is the centrepiece of a major Neolithic Scheduled Monument in the care of Cadw. The presence of a mysterious pillar within the burial chamber, the reproduction of the 'Pattern Stone', carved with sinuous serpentine designs, and the fact that the site was once a henge with a stone circle, and may have been used to plot the date of the summer solstice have all attracted much interest.The MonumentBryn Celli Ddu is generally considered to be one of the finest passage tombs in Wales. Unlike many stone chambered tombs, this not only has a complete passage and burial chamber, but is also buried under a mound or cairn, although this was re-instated following its excavation in 1929. As it now stands, the passage is 8.4m long, the first 3.4m being unroofed with a pair of portal stones. The main passage runs between vertical slab rocked walls roofed by a series of stone lintels. The mound, being substantially smaller than as originally made, no longer completely encloses the burial chamber, so the back wall is open to the air, allowing some natural light in.Several unusual stones are at the site. Free-standing inside the burial chamber is a smooth stone pillar, some 2m high, with a very rounded shape. Shaped stones of this sort are very rare. Rupert Soskin and Michael Bott recently suggested that it could be the petrified remains of a tree trunk.
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  • It was my wife who thought of paying a visit to this Neolithic burial chamber. We were in the area visiting Plas Newydd so an extra 10 minute drive was neither here nor there. The site is easy to find...  more »
  • An interesting spot but don't plan to spend too long there! The chambre itself is interesting but only a short walk from the road and can easily be seen in 20 minutes!  more »
  • Well preserved chamber mound, its main entrance is aligned with the summer solstice. Able to walk through to the chamber with the stone column where the light reached. Small free car park with interpr...  more »
  • Brilliant hidden gem in Anglesey. Free to go around. How our history should be.
  • Interesting little place with very well kept access
  • Beautiful place
  • Another great Anglesey monument. Full access into the mound, with info boards nearby. ~15 min walk from the road & car park. Worth a visit if interested in these things.
  • I love these ancient monuments. Fascinating what our ancestors could achieve with just rudimentary tools and technology. Very atmospheric. Good shoes needed for the walk from the car park as it can be muddy in places.