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Foel Chwern Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Blaengwrach, Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

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Latitude: 51.7227 / 51°43'21"N

Longitude: -3.5962 / 3°35'46"W

OS Eastings: 289843

OS Northings: 203874

OS Grid: SN898038

Mapcode National: GBR HC.2Q4W

Mapcode Global: VH5GC.MY6Q

Entry Name: Foel Chwern Round Cairn

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2883

Cadw Legacy ID: GM235

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

Community: Blaengwrach

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is situated on a slight summit at about 550m above OD. The cairn is flat-topped cairn and measures approximately 7.1m in diameter by 0.6m high. The cairn was partially excavated in the 1960s and found to be oval in plan. There was no trace of a burial or any finds.

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.

Source: Cadw

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