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Ty Newydd

Near Llangefni, Anglesey, Wales, UK. - O.S. Ref. Sheet 114, SH345738

 

An embarrassed cromlech found hiding itself in the corner of field splattered in an extraordinary amount of sheep turds. It cowers behind a 'protective' screen of short and squat concrete bollards; from which I'm sure at one time fluttered yellow and black 'police crime scene' tape!

 

Ty Newydd was excavated in 1936, but the meagre finds were not particularly useful for finding a date for the site. They included a flint arrowhead of the early Bronze Age and fragments of beaker pottery. The overall form of the tomb, a nineteenth-century account of the monument indicates that it was probably once covered by a round cairn, suggests that it was initially constructed during the Neolithic.

The giant capstone is helped in achieving its elevated position by the unsympathetic support of two brick walls, it hardly touches the stones anciently positioned to support its great bulk. Perhaps it would be better to allow this monument to fall and crumble, to allow it overtime to return to the earth from which it once came. Or perhaps it could be loaded onto the back of a truck and taken to Switzerland where it may achieve a sense of dignity in its final decline.

 

At least it wasn't raining.

 

"Looking towards Aberffraw, near the shore, at Tynewydd, Llanfaelog, a double cromlech can, or rather, could be seen: one has been used up, the other has been broken. An "improving" tenant made hedges of the first; and a worshipping tenant, apparently believing in the fitness of what he considered an "altar" to the occasion, made a bonfire on the second to celebrate the coming of age of his landlord, and thus split the ponderous mass (5 feet thick and 13 1/2 feet long) in two. The stone is of the metamorphic rock of the country."

 

- From 'Annals and Antiquities of the counties and county families of Wales' by Nicholas Thomas (1872).