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Bronze Age Round Barrows on Whinyard Rocks

A Scheduled Monument in New Radnor (Maesyfed), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2615 / 52°15'41"N

Longitude: -3.1605 / 3°9'37"W

OS Eastings: 320893

OS Northings: 263224

OS Grid: SO208632

Mapcode National: GBR 9Z.ZQJW

Mapcode Global: VH69K.5FJ6

Entry Name: Bronze Age Round Barrows on Whinyard Rocks

Scheduled Date: 23 November 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1690

Cadw Legacy ID: RD190

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: New Radnor (Maesyfed)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises the remains of three earthen built round barrows, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and are situated on the top of the Whinyard Rocks Hill. The barrows vary in size and height. Two, situated on the open hilltop are particularly well preserved examples standing to 1.6m and 1.2m in height and showing no signs of ever having been disturbed. The third lies in improved grassland. It is smaller and now only 0.6m high. Again, there are no indications that it has been disturbed.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Barrows 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 three circles A, B and C of diameter 40m, 45m and 33m.

Source: Cadw

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