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Cerrig y Gof

Burial Chamber


Visited 20th April: On our second pass we identified a place to park near Cerrig y Gof. The road (the A487) runs adjacent to the field where the burial chamber stands, but you can barely see the chamber as you drive past because of the hedgerow [not what Jane says, but I'm sticking to my story]. It's tricky to park nearby (and cross the road) there's quite a lot of traffic, and the visibility in either direction is poor. I'd recommend you look out for the entrance to Oakfield Lodge and/or a brown sign with Taith Preseli Tour on it, and park on the verge as close to these as possible (both of these signs are on the south side of the road).

Cerrig y Gof was originally covered by a circular mound, but all that remains are five chambers, all facing outwards. None of the chambers have stones covering their entrances, and all but one have identifiable cap stones. The site is thought to be either a transitional type of tomb built in the early Bronze Age, or a special creation designed specifically for burials from five separate groups. Apparently it compares to some tombs on the west coast of Scotland (not sure which), but the likeness is not exact.

The stones are enigmatic, and do look like big cists. One of the fallen capstones looks like a dolmen, but I think this is purely coincidence. I'd like to go back and spend some more time taking it all in, but on this visit we were pressed for time. I only realised after we'd left that I'd totally failed to look for the fallen standing stone that lies in the same field.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
28th May 2003ce
Edited 4th August 2003ce

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