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Garn Las Earthwork

A Scheduled Monument in Troed-y-rhiw, Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7248 / 51°43'29"N

Longitude: -3.4073 / 3°24'26"W

OS Eastings: 302894

OS Northings: 203839

OS Grid: SO028038

Mapcode National: GBR HM.2HNL

Mapcode Global: VH6CX.WXK3

Entry Name: Garn Las Earthwork

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2884

Cadw Legacy ID: GM236

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Community: Troed-y-rhiw

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Description

The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC).

This circular cairn measures 14m in diameter by c. 1.5m in height. The stones are heaped in an irregular mound and there are signs of disturbance on the west side which has a semi-circular section cut out of it. There are also two hollows c. 1m deep on the inside. On the outside a low bank survives to a height of 0.5m.

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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