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Bedd Gorfal Ring Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfair, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8599 / 52°51'35"N

Longitude: -4.0616 / 4°3'41"W

OS Eastings: 261300

OS Northings: 331142

OS Grid: SH613311

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.RXJ2

Mapcode Global: WH560.LC4X

Entry Name: Bedd Gorfal Ring Cairn

Scheduled Date: 6 May 1992

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3240

Cadw Legacy ID: ME135

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanfair

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC), which sits in the angle between two tracks amidst undulating semi improved upland pasture sloping down to the southeast. The monument itself comprises of a circular setting of upright thin slabs about 5.5m in diameter, set into a grassed over bank of stones which extends a further 2m. Nine slabs are visible above the turf with two more to the northeast. The largest slab at the northern edge of the ring is 1m in height, 0.8m wide and 0.24m deep, with the smallest stone at the south being 0.1m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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