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Pentre Ifan - Neolithic Burial Chamber, Pembrokeshire

By traveller47
The dolmen dates from approximately 3,500 B.C. 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 metres (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 facade 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 trace of bones were found in the tomb, raising the possibility that they were subsequently transferred elsewhere.

Tags: Newport Wales Travel Pembrokeshire Tourism Burial chamber Pentre ifan Landscape and travel Neolithic

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djh698 18 6.6k 7 United Kingdom
31 Jul 2018 2:20PM
Interesting description

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