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Cefn Caer Euni Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llandderfel, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9532 / 52°57'11"N

Longitude: -3.5064 / 3°30'23"W

OS Eastings: 298890

OS Northings: 340600

OS Grid: SH988406

Mapcode National: GBR 6J.KSW0

Mapcode Global: WH671.31J9

Entry Name: Cefn Caer Euni Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 24 June 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3943

Cadw Legacy ID: ME227

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llandderfel

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a large, impressive and largely intact burial cairn, probably dating to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). The monument consists of a turfed-over round cairn of stones, some 12.5m in diameter and 1.40m high. The site stands within 330m of the excavated Cefn Caer Euni kerb circle and ring cairn (dated by radiocarbon to c. 1400 BC).

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 and preserved prehistoric ground surfaces below the monument. Cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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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