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Latitude: 51.5823 / 51°34'56"N
Longitude: -4.1389 / 4°8'20"W
OS Eastings: 251898
OS Northings: 189218
OS Grid: SS518892
Mapcode National: GBR GT.J2BX
Mapcode Global: VH4KD.6HRC
Entry Name: Cefn Bryn Burnt Mound
Scheduled Date: 14 July 2000
Source ID: 1658
Cadw Legacy ID: GM543
Schedule Class: Domestic
Category: Burnt mound
County: Swansea (Abertawe)
Community: Ilston (Llanddinol)
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The monument consists of the remains of two burnt mounds, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2,300BC - 800BC). A burnt mound is an accumulation of burnt (fire-crazed) stones, ash and charcoal, usually sited next to a river or lake, with hearths and/or some form of trough or basin capable of holding water either within the mound or adjacent to it. The largest mound is crescent shaped measuring 14m by 10m. The remains also include a circular ring bank 9m in diameter, which could represent the remains of a contemporary ritual circle, or domestic dwelling.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and environmental evidence. A burnt mound 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.
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