Saints and Stones: Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber
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The Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber (Welsh for "apronful of the giantess") is a ca. 2500 B.C. Neolithic cruciform passage grave, a notable feature being its decorated stones in the chamber's walls and roofs. It is distinguished by a long passage leading to a central chamber with a corbelled roof. From this, it extends in three directions, creating a cross shape layout. The network of chambers is covered by a cairn and revetted with a kerb.

Other prominent cruciform passage grave examples are Newgrange in Ireland and Maeshowe in Orkney.

About Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber

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Journey to Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber

Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber is located two miles northwest of the village of Aberffraw on the island of Anglesey in North Wales off the A4080. It is found after a ten minute walk from the parking lot along the coast trail. To prevent any vandalising, the gate to the burial chamber is locked. According to the CADW website, the burial chamber can now be visited by appointment every Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday between 12 and 4pm until 30 September. Visitors should call into the nearby Wayside Stores in Llanfaelog, one mile north of the chamber, and they will be accompanied to the chamber by a member of staff. The burial chamber can be viewed externally throughout the year between 10am and 4pm.

Ordnance Survey Map (SH32907074)

Visitors Information

Visitors information for Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber may be found at the CADW website. General tourist information may be found at the Visit Anglesey website.

Additional Photos of Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber

Barclodiad y Gawres Is on the Coastal Path
Path to Barclodiad y Gawres
Descriptive Sign at Barclodiad y Gawres
Approaching Barclodiad y Gawres
Entrance to Barclodiad y Gawres
Signs in Welsh and English at Entrance to Barclodiad y Gawres
Entrance to Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Stones at Entrance to Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Decorated Stones, Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Decorated Stone, Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Decorated Stones, Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Decorated Stone, Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Close-Up, Decorated Stone, Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Interior, Barclodiad y Gawres
Leaving the Interior of Barclodiad y Gawres
Barclodiad y Gawres Burial Chamber


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