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Carn Nant-yr-ast round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Cynwyl Gaeo, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.1287 / 52°7'43"N

Longitude: -3.8698 / 3°52'11"W

OS Eastings: 272102

OS Northings: 249473

OS Grid: SN721494

Mapcode National: GBR Y1.82R7

Mapcode Global: VH4GT.WR1H

Entry Name: Carn Nant-yr-ast round cairn

Scheduled Date: 6 December 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4202

Cadw Legacy ID: CM364

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cynwyl Gaeo

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated on the summit of a local prominence within an area of open upland moorland. The grass-covered cairn is circular on plan and measures about 11m in diameter and up to 0.7m in height. The cairn appears undisturbed (apart from the insertion of an Ordnance Survey concrete triangulation pillar upon its summit) and remains substantially intact.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved 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 and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface.

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 22m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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