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Burnt Mound 320m south of Winsle Leys

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

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Latitude: 51.7342 / 51°44'3"N

Longitude: -5.1279 / 5°7'40"W

OS Eastings: 184114

OS Northings: 208574

OS Grid: SM841085

Mapcode National: GBR G3.XZ5S

Mapcode Global: VH1RQ.2NFX

Entry Name: Burnt Mound 320m S of Winsle Leys

Scheduled Date: 18 April 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1445

Cadw Legacy ID: PE474

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Walwyn's Castle (Castell Gwalchmai)

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.

This low mound lies at the foot of a north-facing slope at the edge of an arable field and runs parallel to a small stream. It is 13m in length, 7m in width and is 0.7m high. The mound's eastern top and eastern flanks are overlain by burnt debris, black soil and cracked 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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