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Cerig-y-Gof Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Newport (Trefdraeth), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0137 / 52°0'49"N

Longitude: -4.8627 / 4°51'45"W

OS Eastings: 203647

OS Northings: 238897

OS Grid: SN036388

Mapcode National: GBR CQ.H8HY

Mapcode Global: VH1QH.NNN5

Entry Name: Cerig-y-Gof Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2663

Cadw Legacy ID: PE050

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Newport (Trefdraeth)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of 5 chambered tombs, dating to the Neolithic period (c. 4,400 BC - 2,900 BC). Chambered tombs were built and used by local farming communities over long periods of time. There appear to be many regional traditions and variations in shape and construction. The tombs are arranged radially, the area between and around the chambers being raised suggesting that the whole group was originally covered by a single mound some 50 feet in diameter. The chambers are small and rectangular with 4 or 6 uprights and a single capstone.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. 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 and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. Chambered tombs 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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