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Pos y wal cerrig sych / The dry-stone wall puzzle….

As part of the clearnace BTCV have uncovered a feature along the northern revetment at Tinkinswood burial chamber.

A second entrance way into the chamber?

Some have suggested that it might be a newly uncovered entrance to the chamber, but alas, some digging in the archives has provided evidence to suggest the more likely explanation….

This is an extract from John Ward’s excavation report in 1915:

“We must pause to consider the revetment more closely. It was built of a thin-bedded fine-grained impure limestone, of which there is an outcrop from below the cromlech bed, in the lane leading to the neighbouring farmhouse’ the stones had been quarried: they were not weather-worn ones collected from the surface.

They were fitted together with great neatness, care being exersised to use only those with a flat joint face. the general character of the masonary is shown in [the next figure], from a photograph of a short length of the north revetment, which is permanently open to inspection.” (Archaeologia Cambrensis, vol. xv, 6th series, Fig.11, 297).

'Portion of the North Revetment. The abutments on the right and left are modern' Original figure quote from John Ward's 1915 excavation report


About FfionR

I’m Ffion, Honorary Research Fellow at Cardiff University and Heritage and Arts Manager for Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government. At Cadw, my role is to oversee projects that link heritage with the arts, inspire new ways of engaging people with our built environment and to link people with their local heritage and archaeology.


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