Bryn Celli Ddu

Bryn Celli Ddu is a Neolithic Burial chamber on the eastern coast of Anglesey. One of only a handful of similar sites still visible today. At 5000 years old there are only 2 others remaining on Anglesey, the others are in Ireland.

Bryn Celli Ddu or “The Mound in the Dark Grove” sits on top of an old henge monument. It is probably the most well known of all the neolithic sites in the area. The first official exploration was in 1865, it was then excavated by experts of the time in 1928. The mound is clearly seen, access is available by the north entrance. The inner ditch still has it original stones and is around 21 metres in diameter.

During the excavation human bones were found, some of which had been burned. These were in the passage of the tomb rather than the central chamber. A few artifacts were found such as a stone bead, flint arrow head, and like Barclodiad y Gawres limpet shells. Also a decorative stone, a replica of which has been recreated at the site.

An interesting fact about Bryn Celli Ddu is its the only mound left of its type that aligns perfectly with the summer solstice. As the sun rises the light from the dawn sun fills the chamber with light, how cool is that!

The image shows the burial mound of Bryn Celli Ddu and its south facing entrance.
Bryn Celli Ddu

There is a car park close by that is clearly marked, it is only a 5 or 10 minute walk from here to visit the site. It definitely makes you think about what used to happen in the area all those millennia ago.

You can find Bryn Celli Did at Llanddaniel Fab, Llanfair LL61 6EQ

The image shows the information board and mock burial chamber on the car park for Bry Celli Ddu.

Leave a Reply