Prehistoric Anglesey

I have in the past tended to ignore the monuments of prehistoric Anglesey which lie scattered amongst the fields throughout the island.   But on this occasion, encouraged by a book called The Modern Antiquarian by Julian Cope which lists and documents them, we went to see Bryn Celli Ddu, which was being used as a picnic site for a group of Welsh witches.   It is not much more than a tump, with stones on either side through which the sun shines at the winter solstice:-

Afterwards I walked along paths through farmland, only managing to fall backwards into a stream, to Bodowyr, a small group of Neolithic stones stranded in the middle of a field and protected by an old Ministry of Works fence:-

From here, I walked down the hill towards Brynsiencyn to see Caer Lêb, an enclosure to an Iron Age settlement first excavated in 1865:-

Not far away is Castell Bryn-gwyn, another, more romantic Neolithic henge, with a grass bank which echoes the distant line of hills beyond:-

Best of the monuments I saw in the afternoon was two standing stones, great monoliths without meaning, said to be the remains of a stone circle, on the edge of a field east of Dwyran:-


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