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Cras Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Aber, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.218 / 53°13'4"N

Longitude: -4.0175 / 4°1'3"W

OS Eastings: 265388

OS Northings: 370894

OS Grid: SH653708

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.18KZ

Mapcode Global: WH549.8C4V

Entry Name: Cras Cairn

Scheduled Date: 29 January 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4059

Cadw Legacy ID: CN346

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Aber

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a small burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on the Cras ridge of crags on the N-facing slopes of Moel Wnion. The stone built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 9m in diameter and up to 0.6m in height. The cairn has been disturbed in the past, with the construction of a drystone shelter around a hollow dug into the centre; the remains of a stone cist have been exposed within the hollow.

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 environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface.

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 18m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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