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Bryn yr Aran Ring Cairn and Ritual Platform

A Scheduled Monument in Carno, Powys

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Latitude: 52.5495 / 52°32'58"N

Longitude: -3.5761 / 3°34'33"W

OS Eastings: 293228

OS Northings: 295790

OS Grid: SN932957

Mapcode National: GBR 9F.DJ5Z

Mapcode Global: VH5BH.Y5VX

Entry Name: Bryn yr Aran Ring Cairn and Ritual Platform

Scheduled Date: 27 December 2001

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 933

Cadw Legacy ID: MG304

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Carno

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and measure 10m x 5m x 0.2m high. Excavations have revealed the cairn was built in two phases, with a ritual platform having been added to the cairn at a later date.

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. It is a rectangle and measures 15m x 10m.

Source: Cadw

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