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Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber

1km south of Pentre Ifan hamlet, in Pembrokeshire
OS SN099370

Map link for the Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber

Photographs copyright © 1994 by Jeffrey L. Thomas

The Pentre Ifan Burial Chamber is a neolithic tomb in found Pembrokeshire. Archaeologists date the tomb from around 3500 BC, and generally view the site as a communal burial place. According to Cadw:

"Pentre Ifan takes us back to Neolithic (New Stone Age) times, when our ancestors buried their dead in tombs such as this. What we see before us today are the bare bones of a chambered tomb that would originally have been covered with an earthen mound. The giant 16½ft/5m ‘capstone’ appears to be precariously balanced on three ‘uprights’, though it has remained in place for over 5,000 years."

There are a total of seven stones here, the capstone and its three supports, and two additional upright stones that may have marked the site of the passageway into the tomb. An elaborate entrance surrounding the portal, which may have been a later addition was built with carefully constructed dry stone walling. The capstone was indeed large and the three tall support uprights allowed us to duck underneath the capstone (at least I did).  Pentre Ifan felt like a very isolated place, although the monument is surrounded by beautiful hills. We lingered here for a while before returning to St. Davids. Jeff Thomas 1994.

 

 

 

 

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