Carreg Samson

by David Nurse February. 28, 2020 484 views

Carreg Samson is another Dolmen in Wales.

It is one of the most beautiful spots overlooking the sea, near the picturesque port of Abercastle.

Its age is around 5000 years and as with others Dolmens of this type, the structure would originally have been covered with earth.

This is a typical example of this type of neolithic chambered tomb.

The Capstone is 4.5 metres long, 1 metre thick, 2.7 metres wide and between 1 and 2 metres high.

When excavated, it was found that a pit of almost a metre deep lay underneath. The was pit covered by clay stones. A small quantity of bone, flint and pottery was enearthed at the site and included a vessel containing cremated ashes.

Carreg Samson is also known locally as The Longhouse Cromlech.

It is also known as Samsons Stone. The connection with the name Samson is regarding St. Samson of Dol, and the legend goes that he placed the capstone on to the structure using his little finger.

St. Samson was the son of Amon of Demetia and Anna Of Gwent, Anna was the daughter os Meurig ap Tewdrig the King of Gwent.

Close up of capstone

Close up of capstone

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-- Lyency 1 year, 5 months ago

fascinating history

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Sri V 1 year, 6 months ago

Thanks for sharing the images as well as the history lesson smile

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David Nurse Replied to Sri V 1 year, 6 months ago

you're welcome and thanks for your comments.

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