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Craig y Ganllwyd Cairn and Cist

A Scheduled Monument in Ganllwyd, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8122 / 52°48'44"N

Longitude: -3.9023 / 3°54'8"W

OS Eastings: 271884

OS Northings: 325549

OS Grid: SH718255

Mapcode National: GBR 60.VSP9

Mapcode Global: WH569.1K1Y

Entry Name: Craig y Ganllwyd Cairn and Cist

Scheduled Date: 25 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3942

Cadw Legacy ID: ME221

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Platform Cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ganllwyd

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises a well-preserved and largely intact round platform cairn, probably dating to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It is 8m in diameter and stands 0.4m high. In the centre of the cairn are the remains of a stone box or cist" which once held the body or ashes of those interred in the monument. The cairn stands within Coed y Brenin forest on a saddle of Carn y Ganllwyd.

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. It retains significant archaeological potential

Source: Cadw

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