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| Bryn Celli Ddu |
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|Description ||This dowsing plan of the labyrinth-like movement around the rectangular border of the Ox Burial at Bryn Celli Ddu may yet prove to be an important discovery in interpreting how the site was used, given further evidence on the Iron Age ritual site at Gournay-sur-Aronde. (See that site page for more.)|
“The Celts rituals had a variety of meaning, there is fact that a single old oxen was sacrificed in the large central pit and left to decompose. They performed this ritual as an offering to the underground divinities to ensure the potential fertility of the Celts oxen herds.”
from 'Wales – Castles and Historic Places' [CADW]:
“Further indications of elaborate ritual were found in front of the entrance, including a pit containing an ox skeleton. Perhaps the monument should be seen not only as a tomb, but also as a temple at which relatives of the dead came to worship and leave gifts.”
| See new posting [old photo] of sectional model of Bryn Celli Ddu showing the ox burial in situ. Sorry about the quality, esp the other old photo.|
| Also, see new posting of artist's impression of the ox burial site, showing a rectangular 3-sided feature that surrounded it. If that is a faithful reproduction of archaeological excavation findings, it might help to prove that the area avoided in the ritual movement above was indeed protected by that 'fencing'.|
Link here: http://www.megalithic.co.uk/modules.php?op=modload&name=a312&file=index&do=showpic&pid=51641&orderby=dateD
Though in the plan above the area looks large, it was exactly like the artist's impression.
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