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Tinkinswood St Nicholas Vale_of_Glamorgan Wales
Tinkinswood is an impressive Neolithic burial chamber of the so-called 'Cotswold-Severn' type. The capstone weighs around 40 tons and is one of the largest in Britain. This chambered long cairn is covered by an almost rectangular mound, which has a stone cist half way along the northern side. It has a forecourt to the east created by the horns of the cairn, allowing entrance to the main burial chamber. Tinkinswood was once a village but now all that remains is the Burial Chamber built in 4000BC. In 1914 the Burial Chamber was excavated by workmen who uncovered skeletal remains of about 50 people. Pottery from the Neolithic period, the Early Bronze Age and some Roman pottery has been found. Directions: At St Nicholas follow the signs for Dyffryn House. The Burial Chamber is in fields and is signposted. Access is across 2 fields, over a wooden bridge and through kissing gates.
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