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Capel Maethlon round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Tywyn, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.5667 / 52°34'0"N

Longitude: -4.0256 / 4°1'31"W

OS Eastings: 262807

OS Northings: 298469

OS Grid: SN628984

Mapcode National: GBR 8V.CFG8

Mapcode Global: WH57D.4RB5

Entry Name: Capel Maethlon round barrow

Scheduled Date: 14 March 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3992

Cadw Legacy ID: ME230

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Tywyn

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within improved pasture on the Cwm Maethlon valley floor. The grass-covered earth and stone barrow is circular on plan and measures 26m in diameter and up to 1.8m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. Its survival within an area of improved agriculture is also very rare and further enhances its importance.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 35m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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