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Latitude: 53.273 / 53°16'22"N
Longitude: -3.2973 / 3°17'50"W
OS Eastings: 313581
OS Northings: 375899
OS Grid: SJ135758
Mapcode National: GBR 5ZDL.XF
Mapcode Global: WH76J.BZ2Q
Entry Name: Ffrith y Garreg-Wen Round Barrow
Source ID: 3094
Cadw Legacy ID: FL110
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Round barrow
County: Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)
Community: Whitford (Chwitffordd)
Traditional County: Flintshire
From Williams 1921: It is one of a line of round barrows which runs alongside the main road from Holywell to St Asaph, suggesting it to be on the route of an ancient trans-plateau trackway.
A menhir, 'Maen Pen Melyn', was recently removed to Rhyl from the NW corner [of the heath] [SS 1307 7588 - 500m W on Whitford/Caerwys parish boundary].
From Ellis Davies 1949: The tumulus ... is situated ... in a large enclosure known as Ffridd-y-Garreg-Wen, formerly used as a training ground for racing on the Holywell Racecourse. The mound is about 150 yds S from the Holywell-St Asaph road...
Before excavation in 1921, the tumulus was undisturbed... After the excavation [it] was restored as nearly as possible to its original form.
Tim Morgan's 1986 visit text: Turf covered mound, its centre 50m S of the perimeter of the A55 new Holywell by-pass, with extensive views over a shallow bowl-shaped valley to the S and W. It stands on the edge of a slight plateau; the field showing a few traces of limestone outcropping through the turf. Its top is somewhat flattened and irregular, but it is almost circular in plan. Diameter N-S 18m, W-E 19.5m. Height from N 1.0m, from E 1.6m, from W 1.3m and from the S side 1.9m. Complete excavation revealed at least 3 stages of burial, mostly within a hollow formed by a natural limestone shelf, with a wide variety of finds - including earthenware pots, a bronze dagger, a bronze pin, a stone pendant of Ludlow Shale, and flints (scrapers and arrowheads). In 2 or 3 places the turf is broken.
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