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Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 1032 Trust : Dyfed Community : Eglwyswrw Unitary authority : Pembrokeshire NGR : SN1079934593 Site Type (preferred type first) : Neolithic Chambered Tomb Status : Scheduled Monument
Summary : A chambered tomb situated on open moorland with short grass cover. The chamber lies within a low grassy mound 15m long, 10m wide and circa 50cm high. The passage is 10m long and 1m wide between two rows of small stones ranging from 30 to 50 cm above ground level. The chamber is circular with approx. seven boulders around it, delimiting an area circa 2m by 1.8m. The arrangement of the passage and chamber form a 'P' shape, common amongst passage graves in Brittany. The site is stable. There appears to be little animal treading/ erosion occurring now. The passage leading to the chamber is aligned east-west, and opens to the east where it would be aligned on the midsummer sunrise. The site was excavated by Grimes in 1939, who suggested that the site may be a gallery grave which was once covered by a cairn. As such it is the only known gallery grave in Wales. Some cairn material survives today. The site is unusual in that it doesn't automatically have the appearance of a chambered tomb, probably due to the lack of perceivable height in the chamber and the absence of a capstone. However, it is possible that the chamber may have had a corbelled roof. It is highly unlikely that this site is a stone row, as suggested by Cummings. N. Cook PFRS 2004