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The secrets hidden on Anglesey

Updated: Jun 18, 2021

Travel anywhere on Anglesey and you’ll see mystical megaliths and ancient monuments dotted all over the countryside. Surprisingly for such a small island, there are more than 120 such sites scattered around the fields and headlands, many of them dating back thousands of years. Take Lligwy burial chamber, near Moelfre, for example, which is around 5,000 years old, placing it as far back as the 3rd millennium BC. When excavations were conducted in 1908, the bones of some 15-30 men, women and children were unearthed inside the Neolithic chamber. The chamber itself would most likely have been covered with a mound of turf or soil similar to several other burial chambers that have been found nearby.

Can you imagine how difficult it must have been to lever the capstone on top of the upright stones. An extraordinary feat and they managed to do it without the use of any of the modern machinery we have today. And what's more, let's not forget this took place long before the iron age so there wouldn't even have been any metal tools around. Incredible!

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