SYLVIA HORWITZ photography

Bryn Celli Ddu

BRYN CELLI DDU: The Welsh name Bryn Celli Ddu means the mound in the dark grove. This Neolithic (circa 3000 BCE) portal tomb is on the island of Anglesey in North Wales. Postholes outside, previously thought to be contemporary with the tomb, have been dated to over 6,000 years ago.

Bryn Celli Ddu consists of a stone chamber for the burial of human remains. The chamber is approached by a passage and covered by a mound. There is strong evidence that the tomb was constructed to mark the date of the summer solstice. On the dawn of midsummer’s day, sunlight entering the chamber illuminates a quartz-rich stone at the back of the tomb chamber.

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