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Garn Goch Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Penllergaer (Penlle'r-gaer), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.6641 / 51°39'50"N

Longitude: -4.0176 / 4°1'3"W

OS Eastings: 260558

OS Northings: 198072

OS Grid: SS605980

Mapcode National: GBR GW.S4CZ

Mapcode Global: VH4K2.9FYN

Entry Name: Garn Goch Round Barrow

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 146

Cadw Legacy ID: GM199

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Penllergaer (Penlle'r-gaer)

Built-Up Area: Gorseinon

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a earthen built round barrow, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The barrow is grass covered and measures 29.9m in diameter by 0.9m-1.7m high. The centre has been dug away and the foundations of a stone and brick building 4m square are visible. The mound was excavated in 1855 and found to contain a number of burials.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Barrows 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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