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Carnedd y Filiast Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Cerrigydrudion, Conwy

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Latitude: 52.9868 / 52°59'12"N

Longitude: -3.6828 / 3°40'58"W

OS Eastings: 287128

OS Northings: 344597

OS Grid: SH871445

Mapcode National: GBR 68.HZVB

Mapcode Global: WH66R.D6H3

Entry Name: Carnedd y Filiast Cairn

Scheduled Date: 16 August 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 6

Cadw Legacy ID: ME253

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Cerrigydrudion

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within enclosed moorland in a prominent position on the summit of Carnedd y Filiast. The stone built cairn is circular on plan and measures c.15.5m in diameter and up to 1m in height. The original extent of the cairn is marked by a well preserved circular grass-covered bank, which measures c.18m in diameter. On the E side of the cairn, the surviving structure appears to have been built from carefully laid stone slabs. A short length of stones may represent the outer face of the cairn. The addition of an Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar, walker's shelter and memorial slab have disturbed the upper stones of the cairn, but the stone in the centre of the cairn still survives to a good height and burial evidence may be preserved beneath these features.

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 area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 20m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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