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".
Review Bryn Celli Ddu Burial Chamber.