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Lligwy Burial Chamber, Moelfre

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Lligwy Burial Chamber is a Neolithic burial chamber in Lligwy, near the east coast of Anglesey, Wales, United Kingdom. It consists of a circle of upright stones, made into a low chamber by a very large roof slab estimated at 25 tonnes. Excavation in 1909 found the remains of some 15 to 30 people, and pottery suggesting a late Neolithic date. Close to the village of Moelfre, the site is within a few metres of the road, where there is room to leave a single car for short periods.Burial chamberLligwy Burial Chamber is a very robust, neolithic chamber. The eight uprights which support the massive capstone are larger than they at first appear, because half of their 2m height is buried in the ground. The capstone is about 5.5m long and 4.5m wide, with a thickness of around 1m. It is estimated to weigh about and is in contact with only three of the uprights. A gap between the uprights on the eastern side probably indicates where an entrance passage stood, with a way out of the mound; It is unclear whether this chambered tomb was covered by a cairn, but if it was, no trace remains today. Deep grooves in the limestone capstone imply that erosion by rainfall has taken place, further evidence that the structure may not have been covered by a cairn.Excavations in 1909 discovered artefacts in two separate layers, indicating that the site was used during two separate periods. The bones from up to thirty people have been found in the chamber, as well as shellfish (mussels and limpets) and many animal bones. Fragments of pottery from the two different settlements periods are present; grooved ware dating to the Neolithic period and beaker ware from the early Bronze Age. Some 400m to the west lies the well-preserved Din Lligwy hut circle, but this is not a contemporary structure, probably dating from the second to fourth centuries AD.
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  • A fascinating glimpse into the lives and deaths and customs of our ancestors. Let your imagination take you back.  more »
  • Ensure you have suitable foot wear as have to walk through fields but well worth a visit! Brings history to life  more »
  • Love a bit of History and intrigue. Nice location for a stroll with interest, stones throw from Beautiful ' David Bellamy award winning Lligwy beach!  more »
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  • Historic burial age 5000 years. Along the way there were small problems with expensive
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