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Craig y Lluest cairn cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.3688 / 52°22'7"N

Longitude: -3.6908 / 3°41'27"W

OS Eastings: 284976

OS Northings: 275868

OS Grid: SN849758

Mapcode National: GBR 98.RZY0

Mapcode Global: VH5C6.ZQ5H

Entry Name: Craig y Lluest cairn cemetery

Scheduled Date: 4 August 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4252

Cadw Legacy ID: MG321

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn cemetery, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland in a prominent position in the uppermost reaches of Cwm Ystwyth. The cemetery occupies the leading edge of a prominent terrace on the S-facing end of the Cefn ridge, on the N side of the valley. The cemetery is situated at the head of the Cwm Ystwyth valley and was certainly deliberately positioned to overlook this important route. The cemetery comprises the remains of at least seven stone-built cairns, ranging in size from 3m to 4m in diameter and about 0.3m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is an important and unusual 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 environmental and structural evidence, including buried prehistoric land surfaces. The association of the cemetery with further similar monuments nearby - such as the cairn cemetery on Maen Hir to the E [MG322] and the Cistfaen cairns to the NE [RD209 and RD210] - and with the important Cwm Ystwyth valley, with evidence of contemporary Bronze Age copper mining activity on Copa Hill, further enhances its importance and archaeological potential.

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 about 55m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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