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By woodini254    
As it now stands, the Pentre Ifan Dolmen is a collection of seven principal stones. The largest is the huge capstone, 5 m (16 ft) long, 2.4 m (7.9 ft) wide and 0.9 m (3.0 ft) thick. It is estimated to weigh 16 tonnes and rests on the tips of three other stones, some 2.5 m (8.2 ft) off the ground. There are six upright stones, three of which support the capstone. Of the remaining three, two portal stones form an entrance and the third, at an angle, appears to block the doorway.
he dolmen dates from around 3500 BC, and has traditionally been identified as a communal burial. Under this theory the existing stones formed the portal and main chamber of the tomb, which would originally have been covered by a large mound of stones about 30 m (98 ft) long and 17 m wide. Some of the kerbstones, marking the edge of the mound, have been identified during excavations. The stone chamber was at the southern end of the long mound, which stretched off to the north. Very little of the material that formed the mound remains. Some of the stones have been scattered, but at least seven are in their original position. An elaborate entrance fašade surrounding the portal, which may have been a later addition, was built with carefully constructed dry stone walling. Individual burials are thought to have been made within the stone chamber, which would be re-used many times. No traces of bones were found in the tomb, raising the possibility that they were subsequently transferred elsewhere.

Tags: Wales Pembrokeshire Prehistoric Pentre ifan Cromlech Dolman Landscape and travel Prehistoric monuments

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Comments


Chinga Plus
10 3 2 United Kingdom
14 Jul 2020 8:59PM
Another stunning image. Fascinating place... Excellent work
IsabelGrinGrin
18 Jul 2020 2:58PM
Very good view point and suits the subject matter well.

JohnSmile
18 Jul 2020 6:38PM
Splendid image. What a right up you must be exhausted with all that typing. Its great of you to take the time to explain the stones. Debs
18 Jul 2020 7:26PM
Excellent image with a great write up..Lin
JuBarney Plus
10 34 5 United Kingdom
18 Jul 2020 8:02PM
Terrific POV
Ju
Perfect POV, image and narrative.
Carol

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