A golden gift – Seeing the details

The winter harvest of Sue and Stuart’s return visit to Bry Celli Ddu.

Sue Vincent's Daily Echo

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We hadn’t paid much attention to the Pattern Stone on our first visit. The concrete replica stands where the original carved stone was once erected, close to the back ‘window’ of Bryn Celli Ddu. Sighting along the top edge of the stone, it seemed to be in direct line with an orphaned stone in the next field and we already knew that the tomb was part of a much larger area of ancient reverence. A large, natural outcrop also stands close by and we wondered what significance it would have had for our ancestors.

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The curious thing was that the Pattern Stone, like the back ‘window’, would have had to have been buried inside the original  mound which was much larger than the current reconstruction. Not in a chamber, but in the earth itself. If it was a sighting stone, then who was looking? And for whom were the strange…

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