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Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber


Welcome to Bryn Celli Ddu.

Bryn Celli Ddu is a remarkable and mysterious structure on an island rich in prehistoric remains. What sets Bryn Celli Ddu apart from the other tombs on Anglesey, is that it is the only one to be accurately aligned to coincide with the rising sun on the longest day of the year. At dawn on midsummer solstice, shafts of light from the rising sun penetrate down the passageway to light the inner burial chamber. Perhaps this sunlight was meant to bring warmth and life to the ancestors? Bryn Celli Ddu was constructed to protect and pay respect to the remains of the ancestors. 

Maybe the community consulted them about important decisions, or simply sought comfort in visiting them at midsummer? Follow the short path starting on the other side of the road to discover Bryn Celli Ddu.


Bryn Celli Ddu holds a number of mysteries. 

We don't Know how many people were originally buried in the tomb. it remained open for many hundreds of years and from erosion and disturbance. 

There is a single smooth stone monolith, standing guard in the shadows of the burial chamber; a sentinel keeping watch over the` ancestors? Or perhaps it was revered as a symbol bringing fertility to crops and livestock? Lying face down over the pit in the centre of the mound there were once two fallen stone pillars one decorated with a spiral and zig-zag design. Was this hidden art designed for the ancestors to enjoy or was it used by the priests or shamans at midsummer ceremonies? This decorated stone is now on display at St Fagans National History Museum near Cardiff. The upright stone on site today is a concrete replica. The grassy mound that partially covers the tomb was reconstructed after it was excavated in 1929. 

The people of the Neolithic who built this tomb around five thousand years ago, were farmers. Maybe having an accurate calendar to plan when to sow and harvest crops was important for their success? Like Stonehenge, or Newgrange in Ireland and Maeshowe on Orkney, Bryn Celli Ddu was deliberately aligned with the movement of the heavens. 


Maybe these solar calendars enabled prehistoric people to know the right time of year to come together at these distant sites for important celebrations? If you are lucky enough to visit Bryn Celli Ddu at dawn on the midsummer solstice, or simply to witness the sunset from the mound at any time, you will share a fleeting connection with our distant ancestors. 


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