UCLan students and staff led by Dr Seren Griffiths have been working on understanding the multi-phase landscape around the Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb. The passage tomb has a solar alignment, so that during the summer solstice the sun rises and shoots down the passage tomb to illuminate the chamber. Photogrammetry, laser scanning and excavation by the team have identified important early features and discovered new rock art panels. Bryn Celli is an internationally renowned monument with several phases of development, including rare Mesolithic evidence, and possibly a very early henge monument. The team have also recently laser scanned the nearby passage tomb at Barclodiad y Gawres to record and analyse the rock art, contributing to the re-interpretation of the monument.
Find out more:
Griffiths, S. Edwards, B., Wilson, A., Reynolds, Ff. and Stanford, A. 2016. Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb revisited. Antiquity project gallery 349
Ffion Reynolds Tinkinswood Archaeology blog for Cadw (Welsh Historic Monuments) has regular updates on the Bryn Celli Ddu project
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