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Ffridd Braich Llwyd Bronze Age Ritual Complex

A Scheduled Monument in Mawddwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7103 / 52°42'37"N

Longitude: -3.6113 / 3°36'40"W

OS Eastings: 291241

OS Northings: 313732

OS Grid: SH912137

Mapcode National: GBR 9D.27J2

Mapcode Global: WH684.H4KK

Entry Name: Ffridd Braich Llwyd Bronze Age Ritual Complex

Scheduled Date: 10 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3944

Cadw Legacy ID: ME217

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Mawddwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises an impressive and largely intact burial and ritual monument of the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It consists of a large, well-preserved ring cairn associated with a smaller round cairn some 100m to the south-east. The ring cairn is a circular bank of turfed-over stones some 16m in diameter, 1.5m wide and 0.5m high, with a 3m wide south-eastern entrance defined by large, upright stones. The round cairn is well-preserved, undisturbed and turf-covered, some 7m in diameter and 0.75m high. The site stands in a spectacular position at the summit of a south-east facing ridge of Mynydd Clywedog, with extensive views across Mynydd Talyglannau.

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 and preserved prehistoric ground surfaces below the monuments, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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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