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Cefn Coch Tumulus

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 53.1022 / 53°6'7"N

Longitude: -3.2839 / 3°17'1"W

OS Eastings: 314138

OS Northings: 356879

OS Grid: SJ141568

Mapcode National: GBR 6T.8LS4

Mapcode Global: WH77H.J9G4

Entry Name: Cefn Coch Tumulus

Scheduled Date: 23 August 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1665

Cadw Legacy ID: DE265

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument comprises the remains of a earthen built round barrow, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and is located in the field to the south of Cefn-coch farm. The barrow is circular in shape on plan and has a rounded profile, measuring 40m in diameter x 1m high. Aerial photography shows two wide ditches surrounding the mound, the inner ditch measuring 24m in diameter and the outer ditch 45m in diameter.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Barrows 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 60m in diameter, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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