SH5086 : Lligwy Burial Chamber

taken 7 years ago, near to Llanallgo, Isle of Anglesey/Sir Ynys Mon, Great Britain

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Lligwy Burial Chamber
Lligwy Burial Chamber
Dated to the Late Neolithic Period of around maybe 3000 BC, or some 5,000 years old. The capstone has been estimated to weigh around 25 tons. The small agricultural population locally would have set the upright support stones in the ground and pulled and levered the heavy capstone up a ramp and into position and then excavated the burial chamber underneath. That is after hewing out the capstone from the bedrock, possibly using wooden wedges, first, without metal tools, only stone. Then the whole structure was probably covered with an earth mound.

The chamber was archaeologically excavated in 1908-9 and found to contain the remains of 15 to 30 bodies of men, women and children along with some Beaker pottery and grooved ware pottery, which has been used as dating evidence.

Their religion or beliefs motivated these people, that is for sure.
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Date Taken
Friday, 2 September, 2011   (more nearby)
Saturday, 3 September, 2011
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Religious sites  Burial ground, Crematorium 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5012 8603 [10m precision]
WGS84: 53:20.9914N 4:15.1885W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SH 5011 8604
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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