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.
Lligwy 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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It is down a little one lane road to a car park and easy access to this ancient prehistoric burial chamber with a massive25 tons capstone. No facilities. This burial chamber dates back to the end of.... more »
well kept car park with good signage. Footpath well accessible, and the site very special Amazing being able to access such an ancient building more »
An amazing 25 ton stone sits atop the ancient burial tomb. Parking is on a narrow lane with room for 1 car in a passing place.
Fantastic burial chamber from 2000BC+. 5 minute stop at best, but then visit Din Lligwy 200 yards away!
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