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Capel Garmon Neolithic Chambers, Capel Garmon

The Capel Garmon Burial Chamber is a neolithic burial chamber of the 3rd millennium BC. It is located in a farmer's field near Betws y Coed high above the Conwy Valley and there are wonderful views of Snowdonia.

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A view of the chamber from the east. The eastern chamber is in the foreground, with the western chamber in the background covered by the massive capstone.
A view of the chamber from the east. The eastern chamber is in the foreground, with the western chamber in the background covered by the massive capstone.
View from the west of the "entrance" which is a false entrance formed in the 19th Century.
View from the west of the "entrance" which is a false entrance formed in the 19th Century.
The massive capstone roofing the western chamber is 14 feet wide.
The massive capstone roofing the western chamber is 14 feet wide.
View showing the setting of the burial chamber in the landscape
View showing the setting of the burial chamber in the landscape
The eastern chamber.
The eastern chamber.
The Cadw notice board at Capel Garmon Burial Chamber. Cadw is the authority responsible for the Ancient Sites in Wales.
The Cadw notice board at Capel Garmon Burial Chamber. Cadw is the authority responsible for the Ancient Sites in Wales.

 

The burial chamber at Capel Garmon dates from the 3rd millennium BC, and belongs to the Severn-Cotswold group. It consists of a passage leading to a rectangular space, with circular chambers branching to the east and west.

The structure has undergone much renovation and the current entrance, originally one of the inner chambers, was made in the 19th century, when the tomb was used as a stable.

In addition to sherds of Beaker pottery found in the burial chamber, Capel Garmon was also home to a 1st century BC iron fire dog which can now be seen at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.

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