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Darren ring cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8852 / 51°53'6"N

Longitude: -3.1454 / 3°8'43"W

OS Eastings: 321259

OS Northings: 221354

OS Grid: SO212213

Mapcode National: GBR F0.RGD6

Mapcode Global: VH6C9.FWH6

Entry Name: Darren ring cairn

Scheduled Date: 3 February 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4179

Cadw Legacy ID: BR302

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on a S-facing spur of Pen Cerrig-calch. The well-preserved ring cairn is circular on plan and measures about 9.5m in diameter within a stony ring bank about 1.5m in thickness and 0.3m in height. The interior is level and largely stone free. The ring cairn is situated in a classic location, with wide views all around, particularly to the SE and except to the N where it is overlooked by higher ground.

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 both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 22m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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