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Burnt Mound 230m north east of Ffos

A Scheduled Monument in Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.287 / 52°17'13"N

Longitude: -3.9231 / 3°55'23"W

OS Eastings: 268920

OS Northings: 267175

OS Grid: SN689671

Mapcode National: GBR 8Z.Y2Q5

Mapcode Global: VH4G0.YSC4

Entry Name: Burnt Mound 230m NE of Ffos

Scheduled Date: 6 September 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 196

Cadw Legacy ID: CD160

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Ystrad Meurig

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument consists of the remains of a large and very well-preserved crescentric 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 mound measures 12m north - south and 14m east - west and stands up to 1.2m high. Fire cracked stone is visible in erosion scars and the site produces dense burnt debris when augered. It is situated on the western side of a small stream in a permanent pasture field.

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 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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