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Burnt Mound 160m east of Woodsend

A Scheduled Monument in Walwyn's Castle (Castell Gwalchmai), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7514 / 51°45'5"N

Longitude: -5.0743 / 5°4'27"W

OS Eastings: 187894

OS Northings: 210331

OS Grid: SM878103

Mapcode National: GBR G5.BTQ8

Mapcode Global: VH1RR.078P

Entry Name: Burnt Mound 160m E of Woodsend

Scheduled Date: 21 November 1995

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1444

Cadw Legacy ID: PE475

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Walwyn's Castle (Castell Gwalchmai)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a burnt mound, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2,300BC - 800BC). A burnt mound is an accumulation of burnt (fire-crazed) stones, ash and charcoal, usually sited next to a river or lake, with hearths and/or some form of trough or basin capable of holding water either within the mound or adjacent to it. This low shield-shaped mound lies at the foot of a north-facing hill, a few metres to the south of and aligned with a small stream. It measures 7.5m in length, 5.5m in width and is 0.4m high. The surface of the mound contains numerous small stones and an auger survey of the interior revealed black soil and burnt stone.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and environmental evidence. A burnt mound 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.

Source: Cadw

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