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Carnedd Dafydd


Carnedd Dafydd (Cairn(s)) by GLADMAN Although swirling mist ensured this is technically far from the best of images, for me it is nevertheless archetypal of the (apparent) Bronze Age obsession with taking ritual to the extremes. Here the pilgrim - to quote Cope's lyrics, 'a pitiful, microscopic nobody' in the context of this environment - looks to the summit of Carnedd Dafydd (with its two Bronze Age cairns) whilst ascending Mynydd Du, the NW ridge of the mountain (which incidentally also features an ancient settlement). Was such a pilgrimage the highland tribe's equivalent of forcing the participant to crawl along a long, dark, stinking tomb passage perhaps? Only far more extreme. Ysgolian Duon - 'The Black Ladders' - head towards Carnedd Llewleyn, top left, the sentinel peak crowned by the highest surviving prehistoric monument in all Wales.
GLADMAN Image Credit: Robert Gladstone
Posted by GLADMAN
3rd December 2011ce
Edited 21st November 2013ce
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