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Decorated stone made by Wales' first farmers, c. 5,000 years ago

Decorated stone made by Wales' first farmers, c. 5,000 years ago
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This item comes from: National Museums & Galleries of Wales (Item reference: 29.403).  If you would like to see the original item, or require information regarding copyright, please contact the repository/contributor named above.


This magnificent and massive stone was discovered at Bryn Celli Ddu, Anglesey. It had been deliberately buried in a pit at the centre of a stone circle, with the pit subsequently being sealed by the building of a large tomb over top of it. Before it was hidden it is assumed that the stone was meant to be viewed upright as we see it in this image.

The swirling patterns on the stone are very similar to those carved on the walls of tombs found throughout the Irish Sea area, suggesting that the whole of the region enjoyed a common culture.

Gathering the Jewels ref: GTJ27314

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