Bryn yr Hen Bobl


An Introduction to the Neolithic site of Bryn yr Hen Bobl on Ynys Mon.



This site is situated within Plas Newydd grounds and its in the care of the National Trust, access is available with Gwynedd Archaeological Trust. Where guided walks are available during the summer months. W.J Hemp excavated the site in 1929-35, his reported findings became published in 1936. Other information relative to the monument can be found prior to date in Cambernsis Archaeolgia. In addition, William Rolands and John Layland recorded its existence in 1723 and in 1549 respectively. The site had been disturbed previously before W.J. Hemp excavated.

The monument is unique being of a kidney shape with the entrance facing east, with a low longitude terrace raises and extends southward from the mound. At the end of which a Middle Bronze Age cremation urn was recovered. The site has signs of continuity with possible disarticulated inhumations from a previous period uncovered from its main chamber. Several different kinds of pottery shreds and styles were identified from Peterborough and Windmill Ware, both from the middle and early Neolithic/Bronze Age transitional period. On the southeast entrance to the chamber is a forecourt where W.J. Hemp identified four hearths. The tomb itself has been blocked off with an upright stone that has two semi circular holes.

The site itself is well preserved, while situated on private land it remains within the Marquise of Anglesey estate manage by the National Trust. As does the other chamber known as Plas Newyedd, it is highly recommended that you visit these sites with the guided tour provide through G.A.T as its on private roperty.


Hemp W J., 1936, Cambensis Archaeolgia, Vol. XCII pp. 345-6

Hemp W J, 1936, The chambered cairn known as Bryn yr Hen Bobl near Pals Newydd, Anglesey, London

Lynch F., 1995, A guide to Ancient and Historic Wales: Gwynedd, H.M.S.O

Lynch F., 1991, Prehistoric Anglesey, Anglesey Antiquarian Society 2nd edition

Rowlands W., 1766, Mona Antiqua Restaurata, Dublin

This page first appeared on Bangor University Students Archaeology website 2001

Anglesey, Bryn yr Hen Bobl, Ynys Mon,
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