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Latitude: 51.8996 / 51°53'58"N
Longitude: -5.1823 / 5°10'56"W
OS Eastings: 181158
OS Northings: 227127
OS Grid: SM811271
Mapcode National: GBR C9.QF77
Mapcode Global: VH1QX.4J43
Entry Name: Lecha Burial Chamber
Source ID: 2659
Cadw Legacy ID: PE028
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Chambered tomb
County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Community: Solva (Solfach)
Traditional County: Pembrokeshire
The monument comprises the remains of a chambered tomb, dating to the Neolithic period (c. 4,400 BC - 2,900 BC). Chambered tombs were built and used by local farming communities over long periods of time. There appear to be many regional traditions and variations in shape and construction.
The burial chamber is formed by an enormous capstone which measures 5.3m in length, 3.7m wide and is a maximum of 1.3m thick; it lies on two small side boulders with another boulder abutting onto the capstone. The chamber is 0.1m in height. A large natural lump of rock lies slightly uphill from the site.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. Chambered tombs may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.
The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.
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