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Blaen y Cwm Uchaf Cairn Cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Latitude: 51.9174 / 51°55'2"N

Longitude: -3.2234 / 3°13'24"W

OS Eastings: 315953

OS Northings: 225028

OS Grid: SO159250

Mapcode National: GBR YX.P737

Mapcode Global: VH6C8.22RF

Entry Name: Blaen y Cwm Uchaf Cairn Cemetery

Scheduled Date: 23 July 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3890

Cadw Legacy ID: BR295

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains three burial cairns, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC), which are aligned north-south, running for 40m adjacent to and east of the footpath from Cefn Moel to Mynydd Llangors. A fourth, oval cairn, aligned north-west to south-east, lies some 35m to the north-east of the main group. The site covers an area some 40m by 40m.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. 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, together with environmental and structural evidence. 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. It is a square, measuring 40m x 40m.

Source: Cadw

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