Despite their name (Sweyne was the Viking King who is believed to have given his name to Swansea and 'Howes' is the Scandinavian name for a burial mound), the tombs do not mark the grave of Vikings. In fact, these Neolithic monuments predate Sweyne Forkbeard by a good couple of thousand years. Whilst many researchers and writers rebuke those who call these monuments by their alternative name of "The Swine Houses," this other title (which refers to the fact that the original tombs resembled old fashioned brick pigsties from a distance) is no more a misnomer than today's preferred title of the Neolithic monuments.
The Poorly Preserved Southern Sweyne Howes Tomb
The Sweyne Howes date back over 4,000 years into the Gower Peninsula's Pagan history and, despite their somewhat dishevelled state, are well worth the steep climb up Rhossili Downs to visit them. An amazing, if somewhat neglected ancient site, you will probably be rewarded for your effort in walking out to them by finding yourself alone with the monuments when you finally reach them.