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Cairn 270m north of Pont Ffosyrhebog

A Scheduled Monument in Darran Valley (Cwm Darran), Caerphilly (Caerffili)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7168 / 51°43'0"N

Longitude: -3.2857 / 3°17'8"W

OS Eastings: 311273

OS Northings: 202790

OS Grid: SO112027

Mapcode National: GBR HS.346T

Mapcode Global: VH6D6.03BQ

Entry Name: Cairn 270m N of Pont Ffosyrhebog

Scheduled Date: 14 March 1968

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2276

Cadw Legacy ID: GM313

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Darran Valley (Cwm Darran)

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is situated on open moorland on the Gelligaer Common plateau. The cairn is small, measuring 6m in diameter by 0.6m high. It is turf covered with some stones protruding on the inside. In the middle is one upright stone slab of the cist which measures 1m by 0.5m facing north-south.

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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