Gwynedd Archaeological 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 Ancient 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)

Sources :
Livens, R. G. , 1963 , Benllech Megalithic Structure , Archaeology in Wales : Vol. 4 : p. 4
Lynch, F. , 1965 , Megalithic Burial Chamber, Benllech , Archaeology in Wales : Vol.5 : p. 4
Smith, G. , 2003 , Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Monument Survey: West Gwynedd and Anglesey ( © GAT)
Smith, G., and Steele, N. , 2005 , Pan-Wales Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Sites Survey: Trial Data Synthesis ( © GAT)
Lynch, F. , 1966 , Archaeologia Cambrensis , <1>
Ordnance Survey , 1970 , SH58SW 11 , <2>

Events :
42871 : The Excavation of Benllech Burial Chamber, Anglesey (year : 1965)
40526 : Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Monument Survey: West Gwynedd/Anglesey (year : 2003)
40527 : Pan-wales Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Sites Survey: Trial Data Synthesis (year : 2005)

Related PRNs : 302679

Compiled date :


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