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Cefn Sychbant, round cairns to the south of

A Scheduled Monument in Vaynor (Y Faenor), Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

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Latitude: 51.7814 / 51°46'53"N

Longitude: -3.4666 / 3°27'59"W

OS Eastings: 298925

OS Northings: 210214

OS Grid: SN989102

Mapcode National: GBR YL.YSX5

Mapcode Global: VH5G7.VHQ6

Entry Name: Cefn Sychbant, round cairns to the S of

Scheduled Date: 19 November 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4009

Cadw Legacy ID: GM560

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Community: Vaynor (Y Faenor)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of two round burial cairns probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). The stone-built cairns are situated in open moorland on the south-east facing slopes of Cefn Sychbant, overlooking Pant Sychbant. The northernmost cairn is circular on plan and measures about 14.2m in diameter and up to 1.2m in height. The southernmost cairn is circular on plan and measures about 13.6m in diameter and up to 1m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial rites and ritual, social organisation and the environment. The features are important relics of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of both structural evidence and the presence of intact burial or ritual deposits.

The scheduled areas comprise the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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