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Craig Las cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.707 / 52°42'25"N

Longitude: -3.9534 / 3°57'12"W

OS Eastings: 268123

OS Northings: 313933

OS Grid: SH681139

Mapcode National: GBR 8Y.2F8H

Mapcode Global: WH56V.77P3

Entry Name: Craig Las cairn

Scheduled Date: 17 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3998

Cadw Legacy ID: ME239

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Traditional County: Merionethshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a round cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within rough grazing on the NE-facing flank of Craig-las. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures 6m in diameter and up to 1.2m in height. There is a fine exposed cist in the centre of the cairn, measuring 0.8m in length by 0.45m transversely and 0.6m in depth. The cairn has been constructed around a large angular boulder, against which the cist has been built.

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 the presence of both intact secondary burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 15m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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