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Latitude: 51.7142 / 51°42'50"N
Longitude: -3.8375 / 3°50'14"W
OS Eastings: 273152
OS Northings: 203311
OS Grid: SN731033
Mapcode National: GBR H1.39GB
Mapcode Global: VH4JZ.F5NR
Entry Name: Burial Chamber at Pen-yr-Alltwen
Scheduled Date: 2 June 1998
Source ID: 896
Cadw Legacy ID: GM514
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Chambered tomb
County: Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)
Built-Up Area: Pontardawe
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The monument comprises the remains of a chambered tomb dating to the Neolithic period (c. 4,400 BC - 2,900 BC). Chambered tombs were built and used by local farming communities over long periods of time. There appear to be many regional traditions and variations in shape and construction. The tomb consists of two chambers, both constructed from large upright sandstone slabs and originally covered by a large capstone
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. Chambered tombs 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.
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