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Crick Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Caerwent (Caer-went), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.6088 / 51°36'31"N

Longitude: -2.7459 / 2°44'45"W

OS Eastings: 348441

OS Northings: 190259

OS Grid: ST484902

Mapcode National: GBR JJ.9VBT

Mapcode Global: VH87S.CT6K

Entry Name: Crick Round Barrow

Scheduled Date: 7 October 1957

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2395

Cadw Legacy ID: MM151

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Caerwent (Caer-went)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow, dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 BC - 800 BC). The barrow is circular on plan and measures 45m in diameter and approximately 1.5m high. The monument was partially excavated by H.N. Savory in the late 1930s who discovered two cremation burials in pits below the centre of the monument. One of the burials contained diagnostic flint artefacts (plano-convex knives) which dates them to between 1750 and 1450 BC, the middle Bronze Age. A stone finger ring was also recovered from this burial. Savory's excavations revealed a substantial kerb surrounding the barrow, within which were two cupmarked stones. One stone, located in the SE part of the kerb had 23 cupmarks, while the second, located in the NE part of the kerb, had 17 cupmarks. A low bank, 3.5m wide, surrounded the barrow, outside of which was a V-shaped ditch, 3m wide and 1.5m deep.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of ritual deposits together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring barrows may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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