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Carn Gwilym Round Cairns

A Scheduled Monument in Cadfarch, Powys

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Latitude: 52.5019 / 52°30'6"N

Longitude: -3.7805 / 3°46'49"W

OS Eastings: 279238

OS Northings: 290826

OS Grid: SN792908

Mapcode National: GBR 95.HFVT

Mapcode Global: VH5BL.FC8W

Entry Name: Carn Gwilym Round Cairns

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2001

Cadw Legacy ID: MG104

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Cadfarch

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of two burial cairns, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The monument consist of two summit cairns aligned exactly N-S and 8.50m apart. Both are of a stone construction of local material and both have been modified fundamentally by the construction of central pillars centrally presumably using the cairn stones.

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 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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