Tregiffian Burial Chamber, St Buryan

The Tregiffian Burial Chamber is a Neolithic or early Bronze age chambered tomb. It is near Lamorna in west Cornwall, United Kingdom. It is a rare form of a passage grave, known as an Entrance grave. It has an entrance passage, lined with stone slabs, which leads into a central chamber. This type of tomb is also found in the neighbouring Isles of Scilly.LocationTregiffian is in southwest Cornwall in the District of Penwith south of Penzance between St Buryan and Lamorna. It lies close to The Merry Maidens stone circle. The site is managed by the Cornwall Heritage Trust on behalf of English Heritage.ConstructionThe large stone grave, half of which was covered by a road in 1846, was, unlike Cornish quoits, for the most part covered with soil, with only the entrance exposed. From the edge of the site a passage, covered by four 3 m long stones, led to the 4-metre deep grave chamber. In front of the chamber, a cross-lying ornate stone, with cup-and-ring markings, formed a barrier. The original stone is in Truro, in the Royal Cornwall Museum, the local stone is a replica. Inside the tomb there was the chamber grave, which consisted of upright stones and a cover slab. Tregiffian probably formed a holy place with the Merry Maidens and other sites.
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  • This is very small and we drove past it a few times because we thought it'd be bigger. The Merry Maidens is close by (walking distance) so you can do both at the same time.  more »
  • If you are interested in Ancient Burial Sites the Tregiffian Burial Chamber is a must, these only occur in the South West of the country so if you are visiting Cornwall go and see this chamber it's pr...  more »
  • Wow some of the reviews are amazingly ignorant! A one star for such an intact ancient burial mound..! The other goes on to be surprised the road was built so close....the road was built in 1840, before people were so interested or educated in preserving the past!
  • Don't travel to see it - perhaps go to the merry maidens and poke your head around the corner. It's very, very basic. Ancient of course. 😁
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