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Carreg Bica Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2772 / 52°16'37"N

Longitude: -3.5773 / 3°34'38"W

OS Eastings: 292482

OS Northings: 265508

OS Grid: SN924655

Mapcode National: GBR 9F.YPWX

Mapcode Global: VH5CV.Y154

Entry Name: Carreg Bica Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 31 January 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3927

Cadw Legacy ID: RD200

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Radnorshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and located on the summit of Carreg Bica with spectacular views over Rhayader and the Wye Valley to the south-east. The cairn is visible as a heap of stones some 9.8m in diameter and 1m high and is surmounted by a modern walkers' cairn some 2m in diameter and 1m high.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. 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, together with environmental and structural evidence. Cairns 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. It is a circle and measures 12m in diameter, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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