St Lythans Megalithic Burial Chamber, Wales







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St Lythans burial chamber is a megalithic Severn-Cotswold type dolmen of the mid Neolithic period situated in the Vale of Glamorgan, Wales. Typical of this style of single burial chamber it has tree upright stones whcich support a flat capstone measuring 4 metres (13ft) long, 3 metres (10ft) wide and 0.7metres (2.3ft) thick. This stone chamber would once have stood at the centre of an earth burial mound that would have coered it. It would have been entered via a semi curcualr forcourt cut out of the mound and lined with stone slabs.

It was always assumed that these dolmen were burial mounds but the lack of bone finds in them has in recent years made archaeolgists and historian reconsider there possible function. Archaeologists like Dr Francis Pryor are starting to belive that they were centres of a more communal function that dolmen may have been meeting palces where the ancestors may have been worshiped. It seems likely that bodies were left in the open until decayed and their bones depoited in the dolmen as in an ossuary.

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Coordinates : 51°26′33.11″N 3°17′41.68″W - OS Map Ref ST101723

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Coordinates: 51°26′33.11″N 3°17′41.68″W

Coordinates: 51.442531, -3.294911

OS Map Ref: ST101723

 

 


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