"Trefignath Burial Chamber" Mona Things to Do Tip by Elena77
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This Neolithic tomb was excavated in 1977-79, and was refastened and laid out for public display. 3 structural phases can now be clearly made out, each represented by a stone burial chamber with a covering mound. Pottery and human bones were discovered when the tomb was 1st opened in the 18th century. The excavations also uncovered stone and flint implements, together with pottery of Neolithic date from beneath the tomb itself. These findings suggest that the site was occupied even prior to the construction of the 1st burial chamber.
The earliest chamber is that to the Western end. It consists of a simple box-like structure, surrounded by a cairn of boulders, and may have been raised around 3750-3500 BC. This was succeeded by the central chamber, which has collapsed; only one entrance stone and the back stone now stand, but a fallen side stone and the broken capstone can also be seen. The final, Eastern, chamber survived in more or less its original form. Its stone retaining wall flanked the earlier cairn material, clearly showing it to be a later addition. The existing mound was extended to cover this chamber, although it may never have hidden the impressively tall portal stones at the entrance.
It is assumed that the final closure of the chambers did not take place until perhaps after 2250 BC. The use of a tomb over such a long period clearly shows the signifcance of such monuments in the Neolithic period.
Directions: Few km South of Holyhead. At the old (unclassified) road between Holyhead and Trearddur.
Phone: +44 1443 33 6000
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