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Bodedern Early Christian Cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Bodedern, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

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Latitude: 53.2907 / 53°17'26"N

Longitude: -4.4898 / 4°29'23"W

OS Eastings: 234137

OS Northings: 379970

OS Grid: SH341799

Mapcode National: GBR HN90.04B

Mapcode Global: WH42K.0K85

Entry Name: Bodedern Early Christian Cemetery

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3281

Cadw Legacy ID: AN099

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cemetery

Period: Early Medieval

County: Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

Community: Bodedern

Traditional County: Anglesey


The monument comprises an early medieval cemetery located on the site of a Bronze Age settlement situated on a gentle but locally prominent rise with extensive views, particularly to the west.

Excavations in 1971 identified a possible central grave, which may have been marked by an inscribed memorial stone (possibly a stone found nearby inscribed “Ercagni” - the grave of Ercagnas dated by epigraphy to the 5th or 6th century AD). 127 burials surrounding the central grave were excavated:

however the cemetery area was shown to be much larger than the excavated area and was enclosed by a large curvilinear ditch. The area that is scheduled is now occupied by two houses, a back garden and part of a field. It is unknown why the cemetery was established in this location, although one hypothesis is that the remains of Bronze Age settlement were still a physical feature in the landscape. It is therefore unlikely that views from the site were a factor in its’ location, consequently its’ setting is the immediate topography and environs.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of early medieval burial practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structures themselves may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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