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Maen Chwyf

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.3454 / 53°20'43"N

Longitude: -4.3559 / 4°21'21"W

OS Eastings: 243261

OS Northings: 385756

OS Grid: SH432857

Mapcode National: GBR HMMV.MFV

Mapcode Global: WH42F.250N

Entry Name: Maen Chwyf

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3270

Cadw Legacy ID: AN076

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

Community: Rhosybol

Traditional County: Anglesey

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 a large stone 3.6m in length, 2.1m wide and 1.5m high which rests on other stones which protrude from underneath. A small upright stone 0.5m tall stands to the east of the boulder.

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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