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Crug Bach Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Llangeler, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9779 / 51°58'40"N

Longitude: -4.3399 / 4°20'23"W

OS Eastings: 239391

OS Northings: 233639

OS Grid: SN393336

Mapcode National: GBR DF.KD6F

Mapcode Global: VH3KW.QKK2

Entry Name: Crug Bach Round Barrow

Scheduled Date: 5 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2777

Cadw Legacy ID: CM112

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llangeler

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is located on a low summit towards the SW end of a ridge and overlooks the Afon Duad valley to the SE. The barrow is situated in a firebreak strip of rough moorland between two adjacent parcels of forestry plantation. The scrub-covered mound is circular in shape on plan and measures 25m in diameter. It is rounded in profile and measures 1.6m in height. A NE-SW aligned hedge bank and ditch cuts across the mound.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value it shares with adjacent barrows to the NE and SW.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 35m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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