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Beddau Folau Chambered Tomb

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2815 / 52°16'53"N

Longitude: -3.5817 / 3°34'54"W

OS Eastings: 292195

OS Northings: 265993

OS Grid: SN921659

Mapcode National: GBR 9F.YGT8

Mapcode Global: VH5CN.VXWD

Entry Name: Beddau Folau Chambered Tomb

Scheduled Date: 14 January 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3928

Cadw Legacy ID: RD202

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Radnorshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a chambered tomb, dating to the Neolithic period (c. 4,400 BC - 2,900 BC). Chambered tombs were built and used by local farming communities over long periods of time. There appear to be many regional traditions and variations in shape and construction. Beddau Folau is an oval, turf-covered cairn, some 6.7m in long by 5.8m wide and aligned north to south. Set within the body of the cairn are the remains of a megalithic burial chamber made up of six large, stone slabs - four upright and two recumbent.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. Chambered tombs 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. It is a circle and measures 15m in diameter, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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