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Cairn Circle 400m south west of Lle'r Neuaddau

A Scheduled Monument in Blaenrheidol, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.4457 / 52°26'44"N

Longitude: -3.8325 / 3°49'56"W

OS Eastings: 275549

OS Northings: 284656

OS Grid: SN755846

Mapcode National: GBR 93.M118

Mapcode Global: VH4F9.JS8J

Entry Name: Cairn Circle 400m SW of Lle'r Neuaddau

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1848

Cadw Legacy ID: CD042

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). The feature consists of a circle of 19 earth-fast stones, measuring c. 7m east to west by c. 6.5m. Six of the stones are from 0.6 to 0.9m in length and up to 0.6m in height, but the others average 0.2m in height and are comparatively small boulders. There are socket holes of two missing stones on the north-west and south-east. A rectangular depression on the south-west side is 1.6m by 1.3m in size, and 0.35m deep. It is stone-lined at the south-east and may be the remains of a cist. The complete absence of a mound, or of any loose stone, suggests that the circle was never part of any larger structure.

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. Cairn circles 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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