Beili Dyffryn

Houses for both the living and the dead at Dyffryn Ceidrych

Close to Carn Goch, on the edge of the Black Mountain, the remains of a medieval longhouse and a nearby Neolithic chambered tomb, known as Cae’r Ganfa or Cil y Ganfa, were investigated. The longhouse was a drystone, or claybonded, structure of three rooms built on a levelled platform. Pottery retrieved from the evaluation trenches suggest a late –medieval date. Most of the original stone walls have been removed from the site apparently for re-use elsewhere.

When the chambered tomb was cleared of vegetation it was evident that a rectangular chamber, formed from long narrow stones, was located on the eastern side of a mound of turfcovered rubble stone. Parallel lines of stones were recorded both to the northnorthwest and westsouthwest of the chamber.

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