We were staying in the northwest of Wales in September 2011 as a birthday present to me. Amongst other trips we did was one to the island of Anglesey and part of that trip involved completing a circuit of the island in the car just to look out for any points of interest. On this circuit we saw signs for a bay called Porth Trecastell and stopped, not knowing what to expect and really just wanting to stretch our legs.

It was very windy and salt from the sea was blowing up and onto my camera lens and my wife’s glasses but we took a bit of a walk along the bay then followed a coastal path along one of the bay’s edges.

We weren’t the only people there, although we were the only ones walking along the path. Below, on the rocks along the bay’s edge was a group of people in protective gear. I don’t know what they were up to but they were probably buffeted less by the wind where they were, although possibly wetter from the waves.

It had only been a chance stop which made the discovery of an obvious burial mound that much more exciting for us. We would later discover that this burial mound in Porth Trecastell was called Barclodiad y Gawres and was a neolithic burial mound sharing some of its design features with similar locations in Ireland.


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