Bodowyr Burial Chamber

The 18th century antiquarian Henry Rowland described this as "a pretty cromlech standing at the top of a hillock at Bodowyr", and it is indeed. Fenced off in the middle of a field with panoramic views of the mountains of Snowdonia, its pyramidal capstone is delicately balanced on three uprights.

Five stones form the sides of the chamber. Besides the three supporting the cap, another tall supporting stone has fallen over. The fifth stone is a short one, less than half the height of the others, and may have formed a sill at the entrance to the chamber. A similar short sill stone can be seen at the Pant-y-Saer burial chamber.

This is most likely a passage grave, similar to ones found commonly in Ireland, and was built in the Neolithic period (4000-2000 BC). A stone lined passage would have led up to the chamber, with the whole passage and chamber buried under a mound. There has been no excavation of the site, so it is not known if there were any burials or objects at the site.

This monument can be reached via a minor road between Brynsiencyn and Llangaffo, as shown on the map below.

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