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Garnedd-goch round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanllyfni, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.0222 / 53°1'19"N

Longitude: -4.2211 / 4°13'16"W

OS Eastings: 251118

OS Northings: 349521

OS Grid: SH511495

Mapcode National: GBR 5L.FM2G

Mapcode Global: WH555.496F

Entry Name: Garnedd-goch round cairn

Scheduled Date: 15 November 2007

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4171

Cadw Legacy ID: CN387

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanllyfni

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated on the commanding central summit of the ridge between Mynydd Graig Goch to the SW and Mynydd Tal-y-mignedd to the NE. The stone-built cairn is roughly circular on plan and measures about 13m in diameter. The cairn is substantially intact and is undisturbed, measuring up to 1.5m in height. It has been built over a rock outcrop - and its perceived height increases to 3m on its N side.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved 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.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 18m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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