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Burnt Mound 160m south west of Wern-Ddu

A Scheduled Monument in St. Dogmaels (Llandudoch), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 52.0988 / 52°5'55"N

Longitude: -4.7226 / 4°43'21"W

OS Eastings: 213611

OS Northings: 247998

OS Grid: SN136479

Mapcode National: GBR CX.9TH1

Mapcode Global: VH2MN.3H6W

Entry Name: Burnt Mound 160m SW of Wern-Ddu

Scheduled Date: 25 January 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1458

Cadw Legacy ID: PE478

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: St. Dogmaels (Llandudoch)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


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. The grass-covered tear-drop shaped mound lies at the bottom of the northern edge of Cwm yr Esgyr and measures 23m east to west, 11m north to south and is up to 0.5m high. An augering survey produced dense burnt debris comprising burnt stone, black soil and charcoal.

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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