MAEN-Y-BARDD BURIAL CHAMBER

Site Details



NPRN
348
Map Reference
SH77SW
Grid Reference
SH74067178
Unitary (Local) Authority
Conwy
Old County
Caernarfonshire
Community
Caerhun
Type of Site
CHAMBERED TOMB
Broad Class
Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Period
Neolithic

Site Description

A small, yet iconic Neolithic burial chamber, variously referred to as Maen-y-Bardd (the bard's stone), Cwt-y-Bugail (shepherd's hut) or Cwt-y-filiast (greyhound's kennel). The chamber comprises of a large capstone resting on four orthostatic supports, surrounded by possible traces of a cairn. The tomb sits amidst a rich landscape of prehistoric settlements and fields, the majority probably belonging to the later Iron Age and Romano-British periods. It also lies adjacent to a sunken trackway which bisects the earlier fields, thought to be the line of a Roman road.

(source: RCAHMW 1956 (Caernarvon I), 37 No.178)

RCAHMW, February 2011

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