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Afon Bedol cist

A Scheduled Monument in Capel Curig, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.1287 / 53°7'43"N

Longitude: -3.9353 / 3°56'7"W

OS Eastings: 270607

OS Northings: 360813

OS Grid: SH706608

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.6Y9S

Mapcode Global: WH54Q.JM89

Entry Name: Afon Bedol cist

Scheduled Date: 29 January 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4081

Cadw Legacy ID: CN361

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cist burial

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Capel Curig

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cist, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on the lower SW-facing slopes of Cwm Tal-y-braich, immediately to the E of Afon Bedol. The stone built subrectangular cist measures about 1.9m from NE to SW by about 0.9m transversely within several large earthfast orthostats up to 0.3m in height. The cist has been disturbed in the past, with what is probably a large capstone lying immediately to the NW, resting at an angle on the orthostat at the SW end.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The monument retains significant archaeological potential with a strong probability of associated archaeological features and deposits and forms an important element in the wider prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value formed by the proximity of the cist to nearby monuments of similar date: Afon Bedol cairn and standing stone (CN360), Nant y Benglog cairn (CN370) and Bwlch Cowlyd cairn (CN362).

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 12m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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