Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber on Llanddaniel Fab travel guide
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Bryn Celli Ddu is a neolithic burial chamber and one of many historic sites on the beautiful Isle of Anglesey. Situated in a field near the village of Llanddaniel Fab close to the Menai Strait on the Isle of Anglesey. The entrance to the burial chamber is through a 20 foot long passageway. It is known that the site was broken into in 1699 by men with lanterns who were terrified by the site of the rounded pillar standing like a ghost in the main chamber. The site became more derelict over the years until in 1927-31 it was excavated and restored.
The 7m long inturned forecourt and stone-lined entrance passage gives access to a central polygonal chamber made of large slabs. In the north angle of the chamber is a 1.7m high smoothed stone pillar, interpreted as a 'protectress' or tomb guardian in the style of Breton tombs, or a phallic symbol. One of the chamber stones bears a small spiral carving which is probably Neolithic. A solar alignment on midsummer sunrise, first postulated by Sir Norman Lockyer in 1909, was finally proven and documented by Dr Steve Burrow of the National Museum Wales in 2005.

A central pit contained the most richly decorated Neolithic carved stone in Wales. The original is in the National Museum Wales, with a cast on site.

Some believe the tomb represents the female form (mother earth?), and I have to agree. The official heritage website (Coflein)refers to a phallic stone within the tomb, or should I say womb (see above). Another website, a Shaman website, sums it up quite nicely and states "the entrance to the mound looks to me just like a woman's labia. One must bend low to move through the stone lined passage which reminds me of a vagina, into the chamber in the centre. As this had been excavated and then reconstructed, the far end of the chamber is not covered with soil".





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