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Lecha Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Solva (Solfach), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

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

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2659

Cadw Legacy ID: PE028

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Solva (Solfach)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

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.

Source: Cadw

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