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Ffrith Llwynhwfa Burial Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Caerhun, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2329 / 53°13'58"N

Longitude: -3.8843 / 3°53'3"W

OS Eastings: 274327

OS Northings: 372310

OS Grid: SH743723

Mapcode National: GBR 60.0BY8

Mapcode Global: WH545.9ZLY

Entry Name: Ffrith Llwynhwfa Burial Cairn

Scheduled Date: 8 February 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1624

Cadw Legacy ID: CN317

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Caerhun

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn, c.6m in diameter, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c.2300 - 800 BC). The perimeter is defined by a ring of upright kerb stones, mostly present as a single line but with short stretches of double width. In the centre of the cairn is an open stone lined cist 1.2m long by 0.9m. Although having suffered some past disturbance the cairn is a clear example of its type and retains many of its original features, notably the perimeter kerb stones and stone lined central cist.

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, including a buried land surface beneath the cairn. 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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