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Bryn-y-Crofftau Ring Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Ystrad Fflur, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.2546 / 52°15'16"N

Longitude: -3.8441 / 3°50'38"W

OS Eastings: 274222

OS Northings: 263425

OS Grid: SN742634

Mapcode National: GBR Y2.034X

Mapcode Global: VH4G8.BL5H

Entry Name: Bryn-y-Crofftau Ring Cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 January 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1637

Cadw Legacy ID: CD189

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Ystrad Fflur

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the well preserved remains of a ring cairn, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn is defined by a solid stony bank 2m wide and up to 0.6m high which forms a ring 12m in diameter.

The cairn is of particular archaeological importance because of its completeness and lack of disturbance. 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 intact ritual and burial deposits, surviving internal features and structural evidence, buried land surfaces, and environmental evidence. Ring cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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.

Source: Cadw

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