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Cairn Circle 200m NNW of Dolgamfa

A Scheduled Monument in Blaenrheidol, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.3962 / 52°23'46"N

Longitude: -3.8448 / 3°50'41"W

OS Eastings: 274573

OS Northings: 279172

OS Grid: SN745791

Mapcode National: GBR 92.Q40V

Mapcode Global: VH4FP.91RF

Entry Name: Cairn Circle 200m NNW of Dolgamfa

Scheduled Date: 24 April 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1209

Cadw Legacy ID: CD228

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cairn circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Blaenrheidol

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric cairn circle, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is located on a flat terrace on a NE-facing slope above the steep ravine of the Afon Rheidol. The structure consists of a low, stone-built mound covered by turf. It is circular in shape on plan and measures c. 0.25m in height and 7m in diameter. Eleven upright stones emerge from the cairn and describe an oval shape on plan, measuring c. 5m NW-SE by 4m transversely. The stones have mostly been erected on their sides and lean outwards. The two largest stones are located on the SE arc. The largest stone measures 0.8m in height and 1m in length, but others are much smaller in size. There is a gap on the S side of the circle, possibly the former location of a now missing stone.

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. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits, together with structural evidence.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape and measures 15m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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