Go over the stile and you will see the neat grass covered mound in a prominent position near the centre of the burial complex and the ring cairn which is thought to have been the site’s focal point. The site continues to the other side of the lake. The barrow is known as Boncyn Arian or Money Hillock. The barrow is about 16 metres across and excavations found a complex arrangement of three concentric wooden post circles surrounding a central grave dating back to 1600BC. Beyond these posts is a stone circle of 18 slabs with smaller stones between, another wooden post circle and finally a trench. All this is back under the mound.
At a later date six
cremation burials were inserted in the mound, two of them in urns. One
contained the bones of a young adult and the other contained only two
molar crowns and the earbones of an infant.
View of the barrowThree more barrows can be seen from here, one on an island and the others on the far bank of the lake. There are others below the high water mark but the tops are said to be exposed in the summer.
monument was in use throughout the 400 year history of the site. It is a
low stone ring which was surrounded by a circle of posts. The original
ring was constructed around 1680BC, the wall being around 50cm high and 2
metres wide. Stone is scarce at this site so the wall is not solid but
built on a turf core. The twenty posts that surround the structure were
believed to have been decorated. It was not primarily a burial monument as
evidence of the first burial there was a cremation burial placed in the
centre about 140 years after its construction followed by two more inside
the northeast section of wall.
The ring cairn
View of the ring cairn towards the barrowEither follow the instructions on the guide or continue on the path beside the lakeside and turn to the left to pass the old farmhouse. Go through the gates and head up the track. Follow the deepest ruts near the top where the couple of posts lead to the cairn circle.
This cairn is about 12
metres across and 29 large stones remain in the circle. At the centre is
the site of a large rectangular rock lined grave pit. Many of the smaller
stones were removed and used in nearby farm buildings.
Continue to the Brenig Platform and Kerb Cairns