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Sling Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Llandygai (Llandygái), Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1805 / 53°10'49"N

Longitude: -4.0882 / 4°5'17"W

OS Eastings: 260549

OS Northings: 366853

OS Grid: SH605668

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.3PDD

Mapcode Global: WH54G.5BJ4

Entry Name: Sling Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3440

Cadw Legacy ID: CN119

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llandygai (Llandygái)

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


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 remains of this burial chamber are situated on the side of a hill facing to the west and have been incorporated into a modern stone wall. A large rectangular capstone measuring 4.5m long, 1.4m wide and 0.5m thick is supported on one side by a single upright 0.8m in height, while the other end rests on the ground. The remains of another upright lie under the capstone.

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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