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Visit Bryn Celli Ddu

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This neolithic stone grave has been altered and restored so often its now more neo than lithic.

The stone circle and buried henge on the ground now known as Bryn Celli Ddu was first discovered in in the 1600’s when medieval grave robbers pillaged the site for any valuable artifacts that might have been located on the site. It wasn’t until the 1920’s that modern archaeologists got around to excavating the site, finding beads, arrowheads, and human bones from the neolithic era of the mound’s construction. A carved stone column was also found in the burial chamber but was removed and placed in a Cardiff museum. A replica of the stone column has been replaced outside the entrance to the hill. In addition, the hill covering the stone passage and burial chamber was also enlarged to make it look more complete.

Thanks to the restorations and renovations, the site now appears to be one of the most complete and iconic burial barrows in Europe. Its actually thought that the original barrow hill was much bigger, but the current one has been kept at a reasonable height as to not obstruct the view of other nearby landmarks. Whether authentically neolithic or just built to look that way, stepping into Bryn Celli Ddu is still a haunting experience.