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Coed y Polyn round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Gwernyfed, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0373 / 52°2'14"N

Longitude: -3.1957 / 3°11'44"W

OS Eastings: 318078

OS Northings: 238333

OS Grid: SO180383

Mapcode National: GBR YY.FV7X

Mapcode Global: VH6BP.K2F0

Entry Name: Coed y Polyn round barrow

Scheduled Date: 16 March 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4206

Cadw Legacy ID: BR321

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Gwernyfed

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthen round barrow, a burial monument probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within enclosed pasture on a rounded local summit above and to the E of the River Wye floodplain. The earthen barrow is circular on plan and originally measured about 17.5m in diameter - it is now oval on plan, its N and S sides having been flattened (by ploughing and a hollowed track respectively). The barrow now stands about 1.3m in height, although its S and W sides appear steeper. Although denuded by ploughing in the past (and a possible antiquarian excavation mentioned in the archives), the majority of this barrow remains substantially intact.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence.

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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