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Bwlch Sych round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llangynog (LLangynog), Powys

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Latitude: 52.8024 / 52°48'8"N

Longitude: -3.4456 / 3°26'44"W

OS Eastings: 302637

OS Northings: 323738

OS Grid: SJ026237

Mapcode National: GBR 6L.WHJ1

Mapcode Global: WH78S.1THH

Entry Name: Bwlch Sych round cairn

Scheduled Date: 23 August 2007

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4247

Cadw Legacy ID: MG315

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llangynog (LLangynog)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round cairn, a burial mound probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated on a prominent local summit above Bwlch Sych. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 6.5m in diameter and about 0.3m in height. A disturbed central cist is visible, measuring about 1.5m from NW to SE by about 0.4m transversely within upright side slabs and collapsed end slabs. The large capstone has been displaced to the SW.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved 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 and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 22m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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