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Crow Back Tumulus

A Scheduled Monument in Stackpole and Castlemartin (Stackpole a Chastellmartin), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.6364 / 51°38'11"N

Longitude: -5.0509 / 5°3'3"W

OS Eastings: 188972

OS Northings: 197476

OS Grid: SR889974

Mapcode National: GBR G6.1TXY

Mapcode Global: VH1SB.D4MC

Entry Name: Crow Back Tumulus

Scheduled Date: 22 August 1995

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3293

Cadw Legacy ID: PE467

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Stackpole and Castlemartin (Stackpole a Chastellmartin)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a earthen built round barrow, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and stands on a low limestone promontory. The barrow is circular in shape on plan and has a rounded profile, measuirng 11m in diameter and c 1.5m high. The mound is grass covered but traces of an excavation trench of 1880 - which produced a female cist burial and Bronze Age pottery - shows the mound to be made of limestone rubble and beach cobbles.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. 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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