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Carn Dol-Gau

A Scheduled Monument in Trefeurig, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.4267 / 52°25'36"N

Longitude: -3.8989 / 3°53'56"W

OS Eastings: 270979

OS Northings: 282665

OS Grid: SN709826

Mapcode National: GBR 90.N8P0

Mapcode Global: VH4FG.C8NJ

Entry Name: Carn Dol-Gau

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2552

Cadw Legacy ID: CD065

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Trefeurig

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a large burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is situated at 320m above OD, on moorland above the head of a valley to the south-west but unusually overlooked by rising ground immediately to the north-west and north-east. It is c.15m in diameter and varies in height from 0.8m in the north-east to 1.3m in the south-west. It is composed of turf-covered shale stones, and small boulders. The centre has been dug away to a depth of 0.5m, over an area c.7m across.

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 intact burial or ritual deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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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