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Craig Arthur Kerb Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llantysilio, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 53.0153 / 53°0'55"N

Longitude: -3.1593 / 3°9'33"W

OS Eastings: 322325

OS Northings: 347071

OS Grid: SJ223470

Mapcode National: GBR 6Z.G12K

Mapcode Global: WH77Y.FGTR

Entry Name: Craig Arthur Kerb Cairn

Scheduled Date: 21 August 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1661

Cadw Legacy ID: DE262

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Kerb cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Llantysilio

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, with a kerb of edge-set stones defining the edge, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). The cairn is a highly visible feature of the Ruabon landscape and measures 15m in diameter and stands to a height of over 1m at its centre.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. 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 structural evidence and intact burial or ritual deposits. Kerb cairns 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. It is circular and measures 20m in diameter, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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