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Carn Briw Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Newport (Trefdraeth), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.998 / 51°59'52"N

Longitude: -4.8326 / 4°49'57"W

OS Eastings: 205638

OS Northings: 237070

OS Grid: SN056370

Mapcode National: GBR CR.J9Y2

Mapcode Global: VH2N5.611P

Entry Name: Carn Briw Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 4 February 2009

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1275

Cadw Legacy ID: PE544

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Newport (Trefdraeth)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a large round cairn, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is located on the summit of Carningli Common. The stone-built cairn is circular in shape on plan and measures 18m in diameter and 2.2m in height. The upper cairn fabric has been re-fashioned into three walkers' shelters and is surmounted by a modern walkers' cairn. The N side of the cairn has been denuded at its perimeter leaving a prominent outer lip, but the central cairn mass does not appear to have been disturbed.

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

The area proposed for scheduling comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 30m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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