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Cefn Coch Cairn and Cist

A Scheduled Monument in Ganllwyd, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7805 / 52°46'49"N

Longitude: -3.8978 / 3°53'52"W

OS Eastings: 272090

OS Northings: 322009

OS Grid: SH720220

Mapcode National: GBR 60.XTY1

Mapcode Global: WH56H.3C5S

Entry Name: Cefn Coch Cairn and Cist

Scheduled Date: 13 March 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3947

Cadw Legacy ID: ME220

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ganllwyd

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises a well-preserved and largely intact burial cairn, probably dating to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It is 8m in diameter and stands 0.9m high. In the centre of the cairn are the remains of a stone box or cist" which once held the body or ashes of those interred in the monument. The cairn stands on an east-facing shelf of Cefn Coch with spectacular views over the Mawddach valley and Llanfachraeth to the south and east.

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. It retains significant archaeological potential

Source: Cadw

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