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Pen-Lan-Mebws-Uchaf Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Mathry (Mathri), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9279 / 51°55'40"N

Longitude: -5.0646 / 5°3'52"W

OS Eastings: 189390

OS Northings: 229925

OS Grid: SM893299

Mapcode National: GBR CG.NLFX

Mapcode Global: VH1QS.5SDY

Entry Name: Pen-Lan-Mebws-Uchaf Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3344

Cadw Legacy ID: PE131

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Mathry (Mathri)

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.

One single upright is all that remains of the formal burial chamber. It stands1.3m tall, and 2m wide and is very roughly situated in the centre of a field known locally as Y gromlech, (Tithe schedule).

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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