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Burnt Mound 300m south west of Arthur's Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Reynoldston, Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.5922 / 51°35'32"N

Longitude: -4.1829 / 4°10'58"W

OS Eastings: 248888

OS Northings: 190412

OS Grid: SS488904

Mapcode National: GBR GS.JGS3

Mapcode Global: VH3MX.G71Q

Entry Name: Burnt Mound 300m SW of Arthur's Stone

Scheduled Date: 1 June 1988

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3627

Cadw Legacy ID: GM436

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Reynoldston

Built-Up Area: Reynoldston

Traditional County: Glamorgan


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 mound lies in a marshy valley bottom on the west bank of a small stream and just north of two small pools. The arc is approximetely 10m in diameter and is approximetely 0.3m high. A depression approximately 10m wide running east to west and 30m running from north to south allows water to flow from the much damper southern part. The cooking mound is positioned at the end of the fringe of ground, with the interior of its arc opening onto the depression.

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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