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Bodyst-uchaf ring cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Betws, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.7918 / 51°47'30"N

Longitude: -3.9401 / 3°56'24"W

OS Eastings: 266292

OS Northings: 212131

OS Grid: SN662121

Mapcode National: GBR DY.Y9BH

Mapcode Global: VH4JJ.N7D7

Entry Name: Bodyst-uchaf ring cairn

Scheduled Date: 10 January 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4109

Cadw Legacy ID: CM330

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Betws

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on the leading edge of the W-facing side of the northernmost ridge of Mynydd y Betws. The grass-covered ring cairn is circular on plan and measures about 13m in diameter within a stony ring bank spread to about 2m in thickness and up to 0.3m in height. The interior of the ring cairn is level.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape, retaining significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 20m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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