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Cairnfield on Mynydd Eglwysilan

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

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Latitude: 51.6223 / 51°37'20"N

Longitude: -3.2792 / 3°16'45"W

OS Eastings: 311541

OS Northings: 192277

OS Grid: ST115922

Mapcode National: GBR HS.95VB

Mapcode Global: VH6DL.3HS5

Entry Name: Cairnfield on Mynydd Eglwysilan

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2901

Cadw Legacy ID: GM352

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Aber Valley (Cwm Aber)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of several prehistoric round cairns, burial mounds probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). It is situated on open moorland on the top of the Mynydd Eglwysilan ridge. The cairnfield consists of approximately ten small turf covered cairns measuring about 2-3m in diameter by c. 0.3m high.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are important relics of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence. Cairnfields 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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