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Llan Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Lampeter Velfrey (Llanbedr Felfre), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.7943 / 51°47'39"N

Longitude: -4.6882 / 4°41'17"W

OS Eastings: 214714

OS Northings: 214048

OS Grid: SN147140

Mapcode National: GBR CY.Y3RW

Mapcode Global: VH2P6.P5D9

Entry Name: Llan Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2657

Cadw Legacy ID: PE026

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Lampeter Velfrey (Llanbedr Felfre)

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 monument sits in an uncultivated area on the western margin of a field adjacent to a field boundary wall. Whilst it is difficult to make out on the ground it consists of three large earthfast rounded boulders which are possibly fallen uprights. Three smaller boulders on the southern margin of this area are conglomerates of a different appearance but probably nothing to do with the burial chamber. All these stones encircle a slightly raised mound which is 0.5m in height. 50m to the east are a further two large earthfast stones.

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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