Trust Regional Historic Environment Record
Goose House, Possible, Benllech
Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 3610 Trust : Gwynedd Community : Llanfair-Mathafarn-Eithaf Unitary authority : Ynys Mon NGR : SH5191182667 Site Type (preferred type first) : Unknown GOOSE PEN / NEOLITHIC BURIAL CHAMBER Status : Scheduled Monument
Description : The small megalithic burial chamber (SH 51908275) at benllech was excavated on behalf of the MOW in March 1965. It was previously unrecorded and was revealed when new sewers were dug nearby and the site cleared for the erection of a bungalow.
No prehistoric finds were made and the only reason for regarding the main chamber as a prehistoric burial chamber is its structure, which is comparable with the Lligwy and Glyn burial chambers. The annexe and field wall are relatively modern. <1>
The burial chamber, as described by Miss Lynch, stands in what is now the garden of a new house. See GP. Surveyed at 1:2500. <2>
The small megalithic burial chamber at Benllech was excavated in March 1965. No finds were made and the prehistoric date of the structure might be in doubt. Report forthcoming in Arch Camb. (Lynch, 1965)
Not entirely convincing small low 'burial' chamber. Capstone perforated (natural limestone pavement). Now in garden of Drws y Nant and in built up area. Capstone supported by uprights and blocks at west side and by recent concreted pillars at east. Stands on gently sloping hillside above the coast. 2 large orthostats - one 2.2 x 1.2m stand just to south. Cadw recently reclassified this as a 'goose house' after F Lynch - this doesn't seem to be a prehistoric monument as it stands - the chamber is very low and could not have been deeper because it stands on bedrock. This could have been disturbed at the time of the sewer construction - a considerable depth of bedrock would have been removed. (Smith, 2003)