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Garreg Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Harlech, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8578 / 52°51'28"N

Longitude: -4.0821 / 4°4'55"W

OS Eastings: 259908

OS Northings: 330955

OS Grid: SH599309

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.S4VC

Mapcode Global: WH560.8FCH

Entry Name: Garreg Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 12 December 1979

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3229

Cadw Legacy ID: ME107

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Harlech

Traditional County: Merionethshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). An annular bank of rubble 3.5 m wide with an overall diameter of approximately 20 m and possible traces of inner and outer kerb stones, but very irregular and robbed. The enclosed area is full of field clearance debris. Possibly either a kerb cairn or ring cairn ; the proximity of the Garreg standing stone (Me 57b), only 25 m to the NW, adds further interest.

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. 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 an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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