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Latitude: 52.3784 / 52°22'42"N
Longitude: -3.6695 / 3°40'10"W
OS Eastings: 286453
OS Northings: 276905
OS Grid: SN864769
Mapcode National: GBR 99.RC5Y
Mapcode Global: VH5C7.BHY2
Entry Name: Cistfaen barrows
Scheduled Date: 30 June 2004
Source ID: 4086
Cadw Legacy ID: RD210
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Round barrow
Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)
Traditional County: Montgomeryshire
The monument comprises the remains of two round barrows, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on the S-facing slopes of Cistfaen. The grass-covered barrows are both circular on plan. The northernmost barrow (Cistfaen barrow A) measures about 8m in diameter and up to 0.5m in height and has an exposed central cist, which measures about 1.2m in length by 0.5m transversely within earthfast edge-set orthostats. The southernmost barrow (Cistfaen barrow B) measures about 5m in diameter and up to 0.3m in height.
The monuments are of national importance as important relics of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and for the potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monuments retain significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including traces of a buried prehistoric land surface underneath.
The area scheduled comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. They are circular and measure 10m in diameter (Cistfaen barrow A: SN 8647 7693) and 8m in diameter (Cistfaen barrow B: SN 8641 7686) respectively.
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