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Burnt Mound South of Fan Hir

A Scheduled Monument in Llywel, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8486 / 51°50'54"N

Longitude: -3.6853 / 3°41'6"W

OS Eastings: 284012

OS Northings: 218005

OS Grid: SN840180

Mapcode National: GBR Y9.TLJ5

Mapcode Global: VH5FR.2SLR

Entry Name: Burnt Mound South of Fan Hir

Scheduled Date: 8 April 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1576

Cadw Legacy ID: BR257

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llywel

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of the remains of a crescent shaped 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 7.5m (N-S) by 6m and stands to a height of 1.5m. It is located in an area of marginal upland close to the side of a small stream. 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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