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Cefn Bryn Burnt Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Ilston (Llanddinol), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Coordinates

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: Cadw

Source ID: 1658

Cadw Legacy ID: GM543

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Ilston (Llanddinol)

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Description

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.

Source: Cadw

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