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Carn Castell y Meibion ring cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Cwmbach (Cwm-bach), Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.7185 / 51°43'6"N

Longitude: -3.3978 / 3°23'52"W

OS Eastings: 303532

OS Northings: 203119

OS Grid: SO035031

Mapcode National: GBR HN.2S26

Mapcode Global: VH6D4.221F

Entry Name: Carn Castell y Meibion ring cairn

Scheduled Date: 18 August 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4156

Cadw Legacy ID: GM586

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Cwmbach (Cwm-bach)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and is situated within forestry on the saddle between Twyn Gwersyllfa to the north-west and Twyn Ddisgwylfa Fawr to the south-east. The well-preserved ring cairn is circular on plan and measures about 8m in diameter within a stony ring bank about 3m in thickness and up to 0.2m in height. The ring cairn has an irregular interior surface, thinly spread with stones; and there is a slight gap in the east side of the ring bank.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The monument is well preserved and 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 ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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