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Carn Wnda Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Pencaer (Pen-caer), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 52.0129 / 52°0'46"N

Longitude: -5.0132 / 5°0'47"W

OS Eastings: 193313

OS Northings: 239230

OS Grid: SM933392

Mapcode National: GBR CJ.H758

Mapcode Global: VH1QF.2N2R

Entry Name: Carn Wnda Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3334

Cadw Legacy ID: PE031

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Pencaer (Pen-caer)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a chambered tomb, dating to the Neolithic period (c. 4,400 BC - 2,900 BC). Chambered tombs were built and used by local farming communities over long periods of time. There appear to be many regional traditions and variations in shape and construction.

The burial chamber is situated below the summit of natural occurring outcrops of rock; it has a very large capstone which measures, 4.7m in length, 2.7m wide and is 0.7min thickness one end lies on the ground, but it is supported at its centre on the downhill, western side by one pointed upright which is c. 1m square and 0.3m in height. The chamber is very deep and full of boulders and has internal measurements of 4m wide, 2.3m deep and has a maximum height of 1.3m; other smaller stones lie on the side of the chamber.

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