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Fron Ucha Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Llansteffan, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.7709 / 51°46'15"N

Longitude: -4.3993 / 4°23'57"W

OS Eastings: 234551

OS Northings: 210747

OS Grid: SN345107

Mapcode National: GBR DB.ZPFF

Mapcode Global: VH3LT.PRM9

Entry Name: Fron Ucha Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2104

Cadw Legacy ID: CM058

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered tomb

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llansteffan

Built-Up Area: Llansteffan

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a chambered tomb, dating to the Neolithic period (c. 4,400 BC - 2,900 BC). Chambered tombs were built and used by local farming communities over long periods of time. There appear to be many regional traditions and variations in shape and construction.

The chamber lies on a slope which runs steeply down towards the village of Llansteffan, and consists of two uprights and a large capstone which is dislodged and lying to one side. The chamber is 2.6m in length and 1.7m wide. The northern upright is earthfast and is 1.6m in height, 2m wide and 1.4m in depth, the southern stone is prone and measures 2.1m in height, 1.3m wide and 1m in depth.

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 environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. Chambered tombs 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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