Carreg Samson is a 5000-year-old Neolithic dolmen located half a mile west of Abercastle. It has a capstone, 4.7 metres by 2.7 metres and 1.0 metre thick. The capstone rests on three of six stones 1.1 to 2.2 metres high.

The whole burial chamber was once covered by a mound of earth or stones and once these were removed stones were used to block the holes in the sides of the tomb so that it could be used as a shelter for sheep.

The site was excavated in 1968 which revealed four additional stone-holes, one having supported a further chamber stone, the others indicating a possible passage leading off to the northwest. Slight traces of a covering cairn were found to the south and it was shown that the monument had been raised over a pit 0.8 metres deep, filled with clay and stones. Finds included a small quantity of burnt bone, pottery, and flints.



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Abercastle, United Kingdom
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Founded: 3000 BCE
Category: Prehistoric and archaeological sites in United Kingdom

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Marc Roberts (3 years ago)
Impressive Cromlech on circular walk from car park at Abercastell. Walk S along coast path and follow the signs to Carreg Samson then continue through farmyard to return downhill to Abercastell.
Andrew Rose (4 years ago)
Impressive Burial Chamber. Just a short walk from a farm.
Zobo 75 (4 years ago)
Carreg Samson Lovely remains of a large chambered tomb. It sits in a field above the bay of Aber Castle gazing out across the Irish Sea. Possibly it started life as a passage tomb. Once covered by a mound of earth or stones. 1960s excavations found a small quantity of burnt bone, pottery, and flints.
Ivan Tankovski (5 years ago)
Not very well indicated where it is and how to access it. It is on private land and one might not be sure whether access is allowed as signs are missing. Apart from that - nice spot.
Pat Reddy (5 years ago)
It is one of the few attractions that has disabled access, though it's not very well advertised. If you cannot access the coastal path, then there is an easier access at an entrance further up the hill, called Long House.
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