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Carnedd Fach cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llandygai (Llandygái), Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1438 / 53°8'37"N

Longitude: -4.0079 / 4°0'28"W

OS Eastings: 265799

OS Northings: 362619

OS Grid: SH657626

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.5YQZ

Mapcode Global: WH54P.D7QR

Entry Name: Carnedd Fach cairn

Scheduled Date: 29 January 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4077

Cadw Legacy ID: CN366

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 truly magnificent burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in a prominent position on the ridge above Cwm Lloer, to the SW of the summit of Carnedd Dafydd. The stone built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 20m in diameter and up to 3.5m in height. The cairn has been constructed on a rocky knoll (there is bedrock visible on its summit). It has been disturbed in the past, with several drystone shelters constructed and a modern walker's cairn crowning its summit. The cairn has extensive views to both the NW and SE.

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 368 and CN 369).

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 40m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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