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Carn Wen Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Llangeler, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.9811 / 51°58'51"N

Longitude: -4.3326 / 4°19'57"W

OS Eastings: 239900

OS Northings: 233972

OS Grid: SN399339

Mapcode National: GBR DF.K7ZJ

Mapcode Global: VH3KW.VGDN

Entry Name: Carn Wen Round Barrow

Scheduled Date: 5 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2121

Cadw Legacy ID: CM111

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llangeler

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is located on a low summit towards the NE end of a ridge and overlooks the Afon Duad valley to the SE. The barrow is situated in a firebreak strip of rough moorland between two adjacent parcels of forestry plantation. The scrub-covered mound is circular in shape on plan and measures 20m in diameter. It is low and rounded in profile and measures 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, including a buried prehistoric land surface. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value it shares with adjacent barrows to the SW.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 30m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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