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Craig Cwmbychan cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Betws Garmon, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.0761 / 53°4'34"N

Longitude: -4.176 / 4°10'33"W

OS Eastings: 254328

OS Northings: 355425

OS Grid: SH543554

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.B62C

Mapcode Global: WH54S.TYM4

Entry Name: Craig Cwmbychan cairn

Scheduled Date: 10 May 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4080

Cadw Legacy ID: CN364

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Betws Garmon

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland in a prominent position on the summit of the Craig Cwmbychan ridge. The stone built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 11m in diameter and up to 1m in height. The cairn has been disturbed in the past, leaving a large hollow in the centre which has been built up to form a drystone shelter.

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 structural evidence.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 24m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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