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Ffridd Fron Kerb Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanbedr, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8716 / 52°52'17"N

Longitude: -4.0346 / 4°2'4"W

OS Eastings: 263155

OS Northings: 332393

OS Grid: SH631323

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.R4FY

Mapcode Global: WH561.022X

Entry Name: Ffridd Fron Kerb Cairn

Scheduled Date: 18 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3935

Cadw Legacy ID: ME208

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Kerb cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanbedr

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the well-preserved and largely intact remains of a burial cairn, which probably date to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It is 4.5m in diameter and stands 0.5m high. Along its north-western edge, the heap of stones making up the body of the cairn is held in place by a kerb of six upright slabs of stone about 0.6m in height. This feature gives rise to the term kerb cairn". In the centre of the cairn are the remains of a stone box or "cist" which once held the body or ashes of those interred in the monument. The cairn stands on an east-facing shelf overlooking Cwm Mawr with spectacular views over Cwm Bychan and Bwlch Tyddiad to the south and east.

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

Source: Cadw

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