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Chambered Cairn

Bryn-yr-Hen-Bobl (Chambered Cairn) by Rhiannon From 'Ten Days' Tour Through the Isle of Anglesey' by the Rev. John Skinner (1804).

I have endeavoured to be as exact as I could in my drawings of this cistfaen (which without doubt it was) and employed as the grave of some considerable personage in ancient times, though Mr Rowlands appropriates the carnedd to a very different use and connects it with the religion of the Druids.

In his time three skeletons were discovered in digging near the surface of the carnedd which gave him an idea of its being a place of sacrifice but he had never an opportunity of viewing the interior (the opening having been discovered within these few years) he was unable to speak with certainty on the subject.

Can you imagine him all squashed up with his notebook in the chamber, sketching away? (while his brother, no doubt, wondered when he'd be finished). He lived not far from me and if I was alive 200 years ago I would invite him for tea, I think he'd have been cool. He didn't like talk of fairies though, he said 'I could only be silent when I heard these opinions [about fairies and knockers in the mines]' and was surprised the stories were believed by Gentlemen and not just peasanty locals.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
5th February 2011ce
Edited 6th February 2011ce
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