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Carn Wen Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Ysgubor-y-coed, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.5168 / 52°31'0"N

Longitude: -3.9324 / 3°55'56"W

OS Eastings: 268971

OS Northings: 292741

OS Grid: SN689927

Mapcode National: GBR 8Z.GDG0

Mapcode Global: VH4F1.S0GG

Entry Name: Carn Wen Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 13 December 2007

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1240

Cadw Legacy ID: CD258

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Ysgubor-y-coed

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of an upland cairn, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is located on a W-facing spur of Foel Goch in open rough pasture and overlooks the Afon Clettwr to the S and the Dyfi estuary to the N. The well-preserved cairn is roughly circular in shape on plan and measures 16m in diameter. It is rounded in profile and measures a maximum of 1m in height. The stone-built cairn is turf-consolidated around its perimeter. It is largely undisturbed, except for the modern additions of a central walkers' cairn, which measures 1m in height, and a pair of 'thrones' on the SW side, which have been fashioned from cairn fabric.

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 group value it shares with neighbouring cairns.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. The scheduled area is circular in shape on plan and measures 26m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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