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Bryn-Poeth-Uchaf, ring cairn to north east of

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 52.084 / 52°5'2"N

Longitude: -3.7541 / 3°45'14"W

OS Eastings: 279904

OS Northings: 244301

OS Grid: SN799443

Mapcode National: GBR Y6.BTQF

Mapcode Global: VH5DJ.WW78

Entry Name: Bryn-Poeth-Uchaf, ring cairn to NE of

Scheduled Date: 11 March 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4146

Cadw Legacy ID: CM344

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanfair-ar-y-bryn

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 enclosed pasture on the SW-facing slopes of Mynydd Trawsnant, above Cerrig Cynnant. The well-preserved ring cairn is circular on plan and measures about 9m in diameter within a grass-covered stony ring bank about 1.5m in thickness and up to 0.2m in height. The interior is level and largely stone free. The ring cairn is situated in a classic location, with wide views all around, except to the N where it is overlooked by higher ground.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. It retains 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 22m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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