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Bryn Celli Ddu, Gaerwen

Categories: Historic Sites, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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4.3/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web
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 The mound, being substantially smaller than as originally made, no longer completely encloses the burial chamber, so the back wall is open to the air, allowing some natural light in.Several unusual stones are at the site.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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  • Anglesey is dotted with so many wonderful Neolithic gems and this has to be one of the best. For anyone who has an interest in archeology of this period it is truly wonderful to see so many fine examp...  read more »
  • For those who like the prehistoric sites. This is the principle of grave to hallway (like Newgrange in Ireland but less spectacular). It takes up to an hour: time to go to the grave and enter. There are a few panels
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  • Anglesey is dotted with neolithic remains. I kept accidentally finding stone circles. Bryn Celli Ddu dates back to before 1000bc. The burial chamber is now empty due to it being open to the elements. ...  read more »
  • 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.
  • A magical place. Well preserved and with full access. The path to the mound can be very muddy, so wear good sturdy footwear.
  • Truly awesome experience to visit one of Anglesey's great ancient monuments. If you can, visit them all. I'm not religious but I love visiting sites like these that link us to our ancestors. How they built these structures without modern machinery is mind blowing!
  • Well worth a look if in the area
  • Very atmospheric
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