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Burnt Mound 250m south of Cwm

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Aberbythych, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8502 / 51°51'0"N

Longitude: -4.0156 / 4°0'56"W

OS Eastings: 261263

OS Northings: 218761

OS Grid: SN612187

Mapcode National: GBR DV.TNKS

Mapcode Global: VH4J3.BRYJ

Entry Name: Burnt Mound 250m S of Cwm

Scheduled Date: 9 October 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3452

Cadw Legacy ID: CM289

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanfihangel Aberbythych

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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 site lies alongside a stream and hedge in an area of boggy ground in a pasture field. It is oval-shaped measuring c. 12m long and 10m wide and rising to c. 1m high on the downhill side.

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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