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Bwlch Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Latitude: 51.8983 / 51°53'53"N

Longitude: -3.2301 / 3°13'48"W

OS Eastings: 315458

OS Northings: 222910

OS Grid: SO154229

Mapcode National: GBR YW.QRD2

Mapcode Global: VH6C7.YKR3

Entry Name: Bwlch Round Cairn

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1765

Cadw Legacy ID: BR124

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Built-Up Area: Bwlch

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn is circular in plan, 19m in diameter and 1.2m high and is surmounted by a modern cairn 1.5m high, positioned on the NW side. The cairn has a deep depression in the centre, 3.5m wide and 0.9m deep, which is probably the result of past investigations.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Cairns 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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