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MAEN-Y-BARDD BURIAL CHAMBER

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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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