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Cwm Bwchel round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Crucorney (Crucornau Fawr), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9388 / 51°56'19"N

Longitude: -3.0547 / 3°3'17"W

OS Eastings: 327587

OS Northings: 227220

OS Grid: SO275272

Mapcode National: GBR F4.N0WL

Mapcode Global: VH78M.0JFL

Entry Name: Cwm Bwchel round cairn

Scheduled Date: 2 April 2009

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4323

Cadw Legacy ID: MM343

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Crucorney (Crucornau Fawr)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in open moorland on the rounded terrace on the NE facing slopes of Bal-Mawr. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 15.5m in diameter and up to 1.4m in height. Although it has been disturbed in the past - the bulk of the cairn has been cleared to one side to reveal a well-preserved central cist - the base of the cairn remains intact and undisturbed. The cist measures 2m from ENE to WSW by 0.4m transversely and is 0.65m in depth.

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

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 30m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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