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Burnt Mound on Rhossili Down

A Scheduled Monument in Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton (Llangynydd, Llanmadog a Cheriton), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.5914 / 51°35'29"N

Longitude: -4.2836 / 4°17'0"W

OS Eastings: 241908

OS Northings: 190537

OS Grid: SS419905

Mapcode National: GBR GQ.LL5R

Mapcode Global: VH3MV.P8SB

Entry Name: Burnt Mound on Rhossili Down

Scheduled Date: 27 January 1995

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3631

Cadw Legacy ID: GM476

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton (Llangynydd, Llanmadog a Cheriton)

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. This crescentic turf-covered mound lies on the brow of the northern slope of Rhossili Down, beside a spring, which is the source of a small stream. The mound measures approximately 12.5m north to south by approximately 10.7m east to west and is approximately 1m in height, rising to two low mound-like features on each horn of the crescent. The hollow part of the crescent opens towards the spring, which lies to the west.

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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