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Cairn Cemetery on Mynydd Bach, Bedwas

A Scheduled Monument in Ynysddu (Ynys-ddu), Caerphilly (Caerffili)

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Latitude: 51.6206 / 51°37'14"N

Longitude: -3.2025 / 3°12'9"W

OS Eastings: 316846

OS Northings: 191991

OS Grid: ST168919

Mapcode National: GBR HX.9151

Mapcode Global: VH6DM.FJTJ

Entry Name: Cairn Cemetery on Mynydd Bach, Bedwas

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1976

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 306

Cadw Legacy ID: MM196

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Ynysddu (Ynys-ddu)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn cemetary, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cemetary consists of seven or eight small cairns, each about 3m in diameter and 0.4m high. The Pen y Rhiw round barrow (MM149) lies immediately W of the cairn cemetery.

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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