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Thursday, October 21, 1999 Published at 06:32 GMT 07:32 UK

UK: Wales

Bronze Age skeleton is reburied at caves

The spectacular cathedral cave at Dan-yr-Ogof

The remains of a 3,000-year-old skeleton found in caves earlier this century in the Swansea valley are set to be be reburied.

The bones of the Bronze Age man, one of 42 skeletons found at the the Dan-yr-Ogof Caves, will be interred in a special ceremony under a new stone circle which has been built to commemorate the Millennium.

The skeleton will be finally laid to rest under a Millennium Stone
Designers believe the new stone circle is probably one of the biggest to be built in Wales in 3,000 years.

Some of the blue pennant stones weigh over 20 tonnes each and advice has been taken from experts at Stonehenge about the best way to position them.

The remains of the skeleton discovered in the 1930s will be finally laid to rest under the central stone.

It is one of 42 skeletons found at the caves.

Ashford Price, of Dan-yr-Ogof Caves believes there were probably fierce tribal battles in the area during the Bronze Age.

[ image: Some of the remains found at Dan-yr-Ogof Caves]
Some of the remains found at Dan-yr-Ogof Caves
"The idea of the stone circle we built, which will last for thousands and thousands of years will provide a very fitting end to the history of how he used to live in the caves and then we gave him a burial 3,000 years later," he said.

The skeleton could be the remains of someone who tried to find a safe place to hide during the conflict.

The interment ceremony at the cave will be performed by the Reverend Dr David Phipps from nearby Abercrave Church.

Assembly Economic Development Secretary Rhodri Morgan is due to attend the unique event.

Local children buried a time capsule alongside the skeleton before a stone was moved into place over the site.

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