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Cefn Moel Round Barrows

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Latitude: 51.9055 / 51°54'19"N

Longitude: -3.228 / 3°13'40"W

OS Eastings: 315613

OS Northings: 223708

OS Grid: SO156237

Mapcode National: GBR YW.Q5Y7

Mapcode Global: VH6C8.0CBL

Entry Name: Cefn Moel Round Barrows

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1766

Cadw Legacy ID: BR125

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of two adjoining burial cairns, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). Both cairns are circular in plan, the larger measures 15m in diameter and 2m high, and the smaller 9m in diameter and 0.9m high. There is a slight hollow on the SW side of the larger cairn, and some stones protrude through the turf.

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. Cairns 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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