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Cefn Esgair-Carnau round cairn (N)

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfrynach, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8227 / 51°49'21"N

Longitude: -3.4784 / 3°28'42"W

OS Eastings: 298203

OS Northings: 214823

OS Grid: SN982148

Mapcode National: GBR YK.W9V4

Mapcode Global: VH5G1.NGG1

Entry Name: Cefn Esgair-Carnau round cairn (N)

Scheduled Date: 15 November 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4234

Cadw Legacy ID: BR323

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfrynach

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a small burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in open moorland on an upper terrace of the gentle SW-facing slopes at the head of the valley containing the Afon Hepste. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 6m in diameter and up to 0.3m in height. Although there are signs of disturbance, including a small central hollow and a modern marker cairn, the cairn appears substantially intact, with a well-defined edge.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved 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 and structural evidence. The surrounding ground is boggy, suggesting that the potential for associated paleoenvironmental evidence is great.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 22m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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