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Cairn 150m ESE of Garnbig

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Aberbythych, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.823 / 51°49'22"N

Longitude: -4.0572 / 4°3'25"W

OS Eastings: 258316

OS Northings: 215822

OS Grid: SN583158

Mapcode National: GBR DS.WB9L

Mapcode Global: VH4J8.MFHT

Entry Name: Cairn 150m ESE of Garnbig

Scheduled Date: 8 December 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2182

Cadw Legacy ID: CM269

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanfihangel Aberbythych

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and was the centre of a line of three in dominating positions on the open moorland of Carmel Mountain. The cairn measures c. 15m in diameter and stands up to 1.8m high. It consists of gritstone blocks and boulders and the cairn now has a flattened top c. 7m in diameter. There is visible evidence on the south side for a kerb or low wall revetting this central platform.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial 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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