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Cooking Mound East of Taff Terrace

A Scheduled Monument in Radyr and Morganstown (Radur a Phentre-poeth), Cardiff (Caerdydd)

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Latitude: 51.5126 / 51°30'45"N

Longitude: -3.2488 / 3°14'55"W

OS Eastings: 313433

OS Northings: 180036

OS Grid: ST134800

Mapcode National: GBR K07.JQ

Mapcode Global: VH6F5.M7TS

Entry Name: Cooking Mound East of Taff Terrace

Scheduled Date: 1 March 1983

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 221

Cadw Legacy ID: GM427

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Cardiff (Caerdydd)

Community: Radyr and Morganstown (Radur a Phentre-poeth)

Built-Up Area: Cardiff

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of the remains of a burnt mound, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2,300BC - 800BC). A burnt mound is an accumulation of burnt (fire-crazed) stones, ash and charcoal, usually sited next to a river or lake, with hearths and/or some form of trough or basin capable of holding water either within the mound or adjacent to it. It is located in an area of marshy ground at the foot of a steep eastern facing slope near the confluence of two streams. The mound is flat and oval in shape, measuring 20m in diameter and a maximum of 1.9m in height on the south side. Excavation has shown it to be comprised of burnt stones, broken pot boilers, charcoal and black earth. Finds included a flint flake and sherds of a pottery jar of the late pre-Roman Iron Age. Traces of the old excavation are still visible on the surface of the mound.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric social practices and settlement organisation. The site is well preserved and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, layout, building techniques and functional detail. Paleoenvironmental evidence may also survive.

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

Source: Cadw

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