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Carn Owen, Cerrig yr Hafan

A Scheduled Monument in Ceulanamaesmawr, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.4772 / 52°28'37"N

Longitude: -3.868 / 3°52'4"W

OS Eastings: 273230

OS Northings: 288228

OS Grid: SN732882

Mapcode National: GBR 91.K48Z

Mapcode Global: VH4F2.XZ0V

Entry Name: Carn Owen, Cerrig yr Hafan

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1849

Cadw Legacy ID: CD045

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Ceulanamaesmawr

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC), located on the highest point of Cerrig yr Hafan. It measures c.10m in diameter and up to 1.5m high, but has been extensively disturbed. The interior has been hollowed and shelters have been built at its western edge and to its immediate north. Cairn material has also spilt down the steep slope to its south-east. A small satellite cairn or cairns have been noted to the north-east.

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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