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Foel y Geifr Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanwddyn, Powys

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Latitude: 52.8347 / 52°50'5"N

Longitude: -3.5792 / 3°34'44"W

OS Eastings: 293715

OS Northings: 327526

OS Grid: SH937275

Mapcode National: GBR 6F.TF2M

Mapcode Global: WH67K.Z0TN

Entry Name: Foel y Geifr Cairn

Scheduled Date: 30 June 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4104

Cadw Legacy ID: ME245

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanwddyn

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland in a prominent position on the summit of Foel y Geifr. The stone built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 12m in diameter and up to 1.2m in height. An Ordnance Survey triangulation pillar has been erected on the cairn.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. 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 and structural evidence.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 24m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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