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Cras, ring cairn to north of

A Scheduled Monument in Aber, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.2213 / 53°13'16"N

Longitude: -4.017 / 4°1'1"W

OS Eastings: 265432

OS Northings: 371256

OS Grid: SH654712

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.12P6

Mapcode Global: WH549.89DB

Entry Name: Cras, ring cairn to N of

Scheduled Date: 29 January 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4064

Cadw Legacy ID: CN345

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Aber

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland below and to the N of the Cras ridge of crags on the N-facing slopes of Moel Wnion. The grass and heather covered cairn is circular on plan and measures about 11m in diameter within a stony ring bank about 1m in thickness and up to and up to 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 well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape, retaining significant archaeological potential.

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 26m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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