Barclodiad y Gawres

Orientation & Geography

Europe, United Kingdom, Isle of Anglesey

Barclodiad y Gawres (Welsh for apronful of the giantess) is a Neolithic burial chamber on the coast of the island of Anglesey in North Wales. It is an example of a cruciform passage grave, a notable feature being its decorated stones. Similar graves and marks exist across the Irish Sea in the Boyne Valley. Full excavations performed in 1952 - 1953, after these works the chamber has been re-roofed with concrete and covered with turf to resemble original structure. During the excavations two cremated young male burials were found within the south-western side-chamber. The central area of the main chamber contained the remains of a fire on which had been poured a stew including wrasse, eel, frog, toad, grass-snake, mouse, shrew, and hare, then covered with limpet shells and pebbles. During the excavations were discovered five stones with carvings - spirals, zig zags, lozenges, chevrons. Sixth stone with carvings was discovered in 2001. More or less equidistant from Aberffraw and Rhosneigr, it is on the north side of Porth Trecastell/Cable Bay, on the Anglesey Coastal Path, and a short walk from the A4080. It is cared for by the Welsh heritage organisation Cadw. From April to October at weekends and bank holidays it is possible to enter the chamber, if accompanied by a keyholder (from the Wayside shop in Llanfaelog).