Be buried in style!

Burial chamber, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Burial chamber, Pembrokeshire, Wales

I want one of these!

Burial chambers are scattered all over Wales (possibly in other places; I don’t know).  Sometimes they are for only one person, and sometimes for a few people.  I don’t know the details of the ritual, but the person or people would be buried under the roof of this structure.  It not only marks the grave, it gives it a certain level of importance. 

Some burial chambers have remnants of what seem to be stone circles around them – not as elaborate as Stonehenge, but intriguing nonetheless.  These structures are dated at about 3500 B.C.

I suppose this might be where our tradition of putting tombstones on graves originated…??  I’m going to have to read more about this.

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