link for the Travel Time Tube Map
inspired in Oskar Carlin's
Day 31August 31, rainy morning in Holyhead. I had some plans for a productive day, as it might be my last day here. I was determined to face the rain and visit some places of my interest here, mainly the Parys Mountain, a copper mine close to Amlwch. But again I was not fortunate as today is some kind of bank holyday (no one could explain me exactly what is it), so like the day before, there would be limited bus services and most of the places would be closed. The idea of another day like the day before was not much appealing to me.
The Trefignath burial chamber is a very special one. It is composed from three distinct phases of occupation. It must have been covered in stones, but today there is no much of this old feature. The group dates from around 3000 BC, based on the remains of pottery found by the excavations made in 1978 and 1979 in the older chamber. The other two must be some centuries later.
The Lligwy burial chamber is nice example of Neolithic work. It was excavated in 1909 and founds of around 30 persons were found there. Probably it dates from 2500 to 2000 BC, and were covered with a mound or stones. If so, again is one of those examples of mixed styles that are current in North Wales. The capstone is massive measuring about 5 by 5 meters and it said to weight 40 tons. The entrance is aligned with the North.
Quite close to the Neolithic chamber and the Medieval church there are the remains of an enclosed settlement from the Roman age. From this site were excavated several pieces Roman pottery and iron pieces, suggesting that there were a forgery there and that iron pieces were fabricated. Most of the findings were made in a particular house, so all leads to believe that there was a working place.
After leaving Din Lligwy I went after some other places pointed in my map, but it was impossible due to the rain. After a while I was totally wet and been lucky enough to get to the road close to a bus stop in time to go to Bangor before going back to Holyhead. Unfortunately I was unable to enjoy much under the rain. So I went home and it was the best I could do.
I must remember to rest on Sundays.