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Bodowyr Burial Chamber

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

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Latitude: 53.1882 / 53°11'17"N

Longitude: -4.3028 / 4°18'10"W

OS Eastings: 246233

OS Northings: 368159

OS Grid: SH462681

Mapcode National: GBR 5G.358J

Mapcode Global: WH436.W465

Entry Name: Bodowyr Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2505

Cadw Legacy ID: AN007

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

Community: Rhosyr


This small polygonal chamber has never been excavated, but its form is characteristic of a passage grave. It is clearly defined by five upright stones, one of which has now fallen. In fact, only three of these now support the massive mushroom-shaped capstone, some 2.4m long and 1.8m wide. The low upright on the east side of the chamber may mark the position of the original entrance passage. The stones would have been originally covered by a circular cairn.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The burial chamber is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential and there is a strong probability of the presence of burial, ritual or structural evidence.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures approximately 32m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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