Prehistoric Pembrokeshire: through Ancient Portals

Archaeologist and heritage tour guide Mary Baker outlines some of Pembrokeshire’s top prehistoric locations.

  • Pentre Ifan, neolithic burial chamber near newport in Pembrokeshire
    Pentre Ifan, near Newport, Pembrokeshire by Visit Pembrokeshire by Visit Pembrokeshire

    Pentre Ifan is one of the most famous sites. It is well signposted and quite easy to get to. Set in stunning landscape the dolman frames the legendary Carn Ingli or Angel Mountain, with views to the sweeping Newport bay and Dinas Island, one can truly believe our ancestors shared in our sense of place and concept of beauty. Just the elegant bare bones of stone suggest a chamber where the dead of a community may have been deposited over 5000 years ago.

  • Carreg Samson neolithic burial chamber, near Abercastell

    Carreg Samson, near Abercastell, Pembrokeshire by Wales on View 

    This Cromlech is set in the most stunning location. My tours often gasp in delight at their first glimpse. Set on top of cliffs near to Abercastle, it nestles in lush farmland overlooking Strumble Head. This gem of a chamber divulged some of its secrets when it was excavated several years ago - a huge coarse fragile bowl held the cremated remains of several people before the burial was sealed beneath a floor of yellow clay. 

  • Carreg Coetan with sign in foreground
    Carreg Coetan, Pembrokeshire by mikeyb125

    This site in Newport is signposted from the road that leads across the river bridge to the sands. This dear little mushroom-like chamber is a favourite with visitors from all over the world.  It is an unexpected treat as it sits amongst houses cut off from the world in a small enclosure. If you clamber up and look over the wall, you can see that it once overlooked the estuary, and one can imagine the builders using simple coracles or dugout canoes. Indeed, Carreg Coetan may well have been a declaration of ownership, placed by the water to ward off strangers.

  • Coeten Arthur neolithic burial chamber, St David's Head, Pembrokeshire
    Carreg Coetan, St David’s Head, Pembrokeshire by mojacobs by mojacobs

    Coetan Arthur set out on the tip of St Davids Head is accessible to walkers and is a worthy reward for the effort to get there. Perched between two rocky outcrops with views over sea, beach and rugged hilltops, this monument really does bridge the imagination and puts one in touch with those who were here before us. You may pass the Iron Age fort en route with visible hut circles and it is interesting to think that folk in the Iron Age regarded the tomb builders as an ancient and probably mythical people.

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