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Garn Pontsticill ring cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Vaynor (Y Faenor), Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

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Latitude: 51.7967 / 51°47'48"N

Longitude: -3.3749 / 3°22'29"W

OS Eastings: 305278

OS Northings: 211788

OS Grid: SO052117

Mapcode National: GBR YP.XZDW

Mapcode Global: VH6CR.G35H

Entry Name: Garn Pontsticill ring cairn

Scheduled Date: 9 December 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1072

Cadw Legacy ID: GM569

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Community: Vaynor (Y Faenor)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). It is situated within open moorland on the gentle north-facing slope above Pontsticill. The ring cairn is situated on the leading edge of a low narrow north-facing ridge and is circular on plan, measuring about 13m in diameter within a stone ring bank 1.5m in thickness and up to 0.2m in height. The interior of the ring cairn is largely clear of stone.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial rites and ritual, social organisation and the environment. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of both structural evidence and the presence of intact burial or ritual deposits.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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