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Cairn Groups on Garn Fawr

A Scheduled Monument in Cynwyl Gaeo, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1129 / 52°6'46"N

Longitude: -3.8671 / 3°52'1"W

OS Eastings: 272246

OS Northings: 247708

OS Grid: SN722477

Mapcode National: GBR Y1.93FC

Mapcode Global: VH4H0.X5H2

Entry Name: Cairn Groups on Garn Fawr

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2818

Cadw Legacy ID: CM224

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cynwyl Gaeo

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of groups of well preserved ring cairns of earth and stone, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC), situated on moorland surrounded by but unaffected by recent forestation.

Cm224A: A ring-cairn whose internal diameter is 15m, with stony banks 2-3m wide and 0.5m high.

Cm244C: Are the remains of two cairns occupying a commanding position, the northern, and larger has a diameter of 19.0m and has a maximum height of 1.5m above the surrounding terrain.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

[Cm224B]: The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and is situated c. 25m west southwest of the ring cairn Cm 224A. It is an oblong block 0.55m in height with an east-west axis, tapering slightly towards the top, and with its maximum circumference about halfway up, due to a bulge on the northern side, measuring 0.4m long and 0.25m wide at the base.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. It is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of intact burial or ritual deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Standing stones are often 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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