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Carnedd Dafydd, cairn to south west of

A Scheduled Monument in Llandygai (Llandygái), Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1466 / 53°8'47"N

Longitude: -4.0029 / 4°0'10"W

OS Eastings: 266143

OS Northings: 362929

OS Grid: SH661629

Mapcode National: GBR 5W.5S3W

Mapcode Global: WH54P.H53K

Entry Name: Carnedd Dafydd, cairn to SW of

Scheduled Date: 29 January 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3652

Cadw Legacy ID: CN368

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llandygai (Llandygái)

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in a prominent position on the SW-facing slopes immediately below the summit of Carnedd Dafydd. The stone built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 10.5m in diameter and up to 2m in height. The cairn has been disturbed in the past, with the construction of a central drystone shelter.

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 structural evidence. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value formed by the proximity of the cairn to nearby monuments of similar date on Carnedd Dafydd (CN 367) and Carnedd Fach (CN366).

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

Source: Cadw

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