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Carn Saith-Wraig Round Cairns

A Scheduled Monument in Llanddewi Brefi (Llanddewibrefi), Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.161 / 52°9'39"N

Longitude: -3.7976 / 3°47'51"W

OS Eastings: 277131

OS Northings: 252935

OS Grid: SN771529

Mapcode National: GBR Y4.62MR

Mapcode Global: VH5D4.4Y68

Entry Name: Carn Saith-Wraig Round Cairns

Scheduled Date: 18 August 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1235

Cadw Legacy ID: CD255

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llanddewi Brefi (Llanddewibrefi)

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of two upland cairns in open moorland pasture, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The NW cairn (Item 'A') is located on a shelf in a secluded position to the SW of a broad ridge. It comprises a ring cairn of earth and stone. The bank measures 4m in width and 0.4m in height, with an overall diameter of c. 21.5m. Within the ring, is a tumbled mass of loose stone, which may represent the ruined remains of a round cairn. Item 'B' is located c. 120m to the SE and comprises a round cairn located upon a low ridge. The cairn measures c. 13.5m in diameter and a maximum of 1m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the cairns' group value.

The scheduled areas comprise the remains described and areas around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. The scheduled areas are circular in shape. Area 'A' is centred on Item 'A' and measures 25m in diameter. Area 'B' is centred on Item 'B' and measures 20m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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