tinkins wood chambered tomb.
neolithic chambered tombs are found throughout europe and are amongst the oldest surviving man- made structures and built as the communal burial places. they are transitional monuments marking the transformation of a culture based on hunting and gathering to one based on domesticates and early farming. tombs of this date are known across wales, although this type are concentrated in the south-east of the county, on the lower slopes of the black mountains and the slopes overlooking the valleys of the wye and usk, but also in the cotswolds and the severn estuary. tinkins wood tomb has a cross linear structure dividing the monument into compartments. it is thought to derive from its evolution from similar divisions found in timbered long houses. indeed recent excavations at dorstone hill in the golden valley have unearthed such a longhouse beneath a later chambered tomb of this type.
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