Din Lligwy

A hut circle in Din Lligwy Iron Age village.*
A hut circle in Din Lligwy Iron Age village.

It must be twenty years since my wife and I last visited Din Lligwy, the cluster of ancient sites on the north-east coast of Anglesey, not far from Moelfre. Since our last visit the tourism authorities have installed some splendid information boards and the path to the old village is clearly marked. In fact, this time we were even able to find the chamber tomb with its 25-ton capstone, something we searched for in vain last time.

Although the three monuments are separated in time by nearly four thousand years, there is a common thread running between them - man's need to recognise and worship the divine. From the Neolithic farmers who went to tremendous trouble to preserve their dead for the afterlife, to the Mediaeval farmers who built a chapel-of-ease so that they could worship God without walking too far, man's need to reach out to the supernatural is an innate instinct that we consciously deny these days, but which manifests itself in everything from New Age hippies getting off on crystals to the fanaticism of a football club supporter convinced - evidence notwithstanding - that his favourite footballer has god-like status.

The second monument is a village of Romano-British metal workers, defending themselves and their culture against the encroaching tide of barbarism that threatened them and using metal clamps to preserve their precious imported pottery!

Watch this film and then go and visit Din Lligwy: it's well worth the trouble!