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Burial Chamber


First time visiting this great chamber yesterday. I drove there with my girlfriend after we'd been to St Lythans too.

Tinkinswood is so impressive, almost humbling. It's a real shame that the pylon is so close by however! We were scared we may not be able to get in after first seeing the surrounding fence, but we went through the kissing gate at almost 7pm despite the site being "closed" at 4pm. Interesting to see that a new(ish) information board is near the gate, with the "Under the care of Cadw" information scrubbed out and replaced with "The Goddess".

Had a great time exploring the insides of the cromlech, although slightly alarmed that someone had crudely painted a few haphazard pentagrams and the like over the insides of the support brick pillar. I suppose this place is a magnet for teenage types interested in that kind of stuff. We also passed the remains of a bonfire with cider and beer cans scattered about nearby :(

Nevertheless, it was a brilliant sight, and it's amazing to think of the effort involved to construct this amazing piece.

We took a quick walk into the woods which were suitably creepy - someone had constructed a teepee in the woods with branches and twigs, which stopped us in our tracks when we saw it!

Will definitely be going here again, hopefully when the weather is a little brighter and the temperature a bit warmer. And also when I've figured out how to take decent photos without having a pylon in the background.
Posted by Marquischacha
3rd May 2011ce

Comments (2)

It is good there isn't it, it's just so massive. I'd say Embrace The Pylons because I bet the tomb will still be there when they've long gone :) Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
4th May 2011ce
Yes, from a future excavation report of the "ritual" landscape nearby:

"Evidence of four mysterious holes, arranged in a rectangular shape, has been discovered. The shape of the holes indicates that they housed regularly shaped uprights, all leaning inwards slightly. The uprights may have been made of metal, although without detailed analysis of soil samples, this is not yet possible to state with certainty. It seems possible that they show evidence of a much later feature that was placed in a clear relationship to the nearby chambered tomb, possibly indicating a subservient ritual purpose of some sort. Investigation of the wider landscape context will be required to establish whether any further features align with this arrangement and/or the chambered tomb."
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th May 2011ce
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