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Ffynnon Las Bronze Age Ritual Complex

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

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Latitude: 51.9009 / 51°54'3"N

Longitude: -3.2244 / 3°13'27"W

OS Eastings: 315854

OS Northings: 223192

OS Grid: SO158231

Mapcode National: GBR YX.QDTD

Mapcode Global: VH6C8.2H73

Entry Name: Ffynnon Las Bronze Age Ritual Complex

Scheduled Date: 16 July 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3893

Cadw Legacy ID: BR296

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

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

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains two burial cairns and a standing stone probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and aligned north-west to south-east along the eastern slope of Cefn Moel above Ffynnon Las. The cairns are turf-covered and measure 8m in diameter x 1m high (Cairn II) and 7m in diameter x 0.5m high (Cairn III). The standing stone measures 0.9m high x 1.1m long x 0.4m wide.

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, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can 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. It is in three parts, with a circle 10m in diameter, centred on cairn II, a circle 2m in diameter, centred on the standing stone and a circle 10m in diameter, centred on cairn III.

Source: Cadw

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