Archaeologists uncover possibly prehistoric monument

By County Echo Reporter in Local People

A TEAM of archaeologists have uncovered the remains of a possible Stonehenge-type prehistoric earthwork monument in a field near Newport.

Members of the Welsh Rock art Organisation had been investigating the area around the Neolithic burial chamber known as Trellyffaint – one of a handful of sites in western Britain that has examples of prehistoric rock art.

The site of Trellyffaint dates back at least 6,000 years and has been designated a Scheduled Monument. It is in the care of Welsh heritage agency Cadw.

The site comprises two stone chambers – one of which is relatively intact. Each chamber is set within the remains of an earthen cairn or mound which, due to ploughing regimes over the centuries, have been slowly uncovered.

On the capstone that covers the south-eastern chamber are at least 50 engraved cupmarks, the meaning of which has been long forgotten but probably represented some sort of pictorial message.

This latest discovery comes just weeks after Newport geologist Paul Sanday told how he stumbled across what he believes to be ‘The Welsh Stonehenge’ on private farmland in north Pembrokeshire two years ago.

Before now, it is thought that the Trellyffaint site has never been fully investigated.

Dr George Nash, lead project director from the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology at the University of Bristol and his team have conducted a series of non-intrusive surveys in and around the monument.

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