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Crug Gorllwyn Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Cenarth, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.9798 / 51°58'47"N

Longitude: -4.4449 / 4°26'41"W

OS Eastings: 232183

OS Northings: 234086

OS Grid: SN321340

Mapcode National: GBR D8.KJ3K

Mapcode Global: VH3KT.XH0M

Entry Name: Crug Gorllwyn Round Barrow

Scheduled Date: 4 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2122

Cadw Legacy ID: CM108

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cenarth

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthen built round barrow, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The barrow measures circa 17m in diameter and survives to an approximate height of 2.3m.

A hollow across the top of the barrow suggests that the barrow may have been investigated in antiquity. An OS pillar is located on the top of the mound.

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. Situated at a height of 326m OD, the barrow commands extensive 360° view of the surrounding landscape including prehistoric funerary monuments CM090, CM091, CM092, CM105, CM106, CM109 and CM318.

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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