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Gelli-Bwch Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Coedffranc (Coed-ffranc), Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.637 / 51°38'13"N

Longitude: -3.8505 / 3°51'1"W

OS Eastings: 272037

OS Northings: 194758

OS Grid: SS720947

Mapcode National: GBR H1.805X

Mapcode Global: VH4KC.63RW

Entry Name: Gelli-Bwch Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 17 April 1962

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2897

Cadw Legacy ID: GM290

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

Community: Coedffranc (Coed-ffranc)

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Description

The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is situated on a summit with wide views in all directions. The cairn is circular on plan and measures 18.3m in diameter by 1.5m high. A central hollow, full of stones, is the result of antiquarian digging.

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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