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Graig Ddu round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Crucorney (Crucornau Fawr), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9319 / 51°55'54"N

Longitude: -3.042 / 3°2'31"W

OS Eastings: 328450

OS Northings: 226449

OS Grid: SO284264

Mapcode National: GBR F4.NJ1H

Mapcode Global: VH78M.7P4V

Entry Name: Graig Ddu round cairn

Scheduled Date: 2 April 2009

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4324

Cadw Legacy ID: MM342

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Crucorney (Crucornau Fawr)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in open moorland on a S-facing terrace on Graig Ddu, on the E facing slopes of Bal-Bach. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 13m in diameter and up to 0.9m in height. Although it has been disturbed in the past - an excavation in 1980 revealed a well-preserved central cist - the base of the cairn remains intact and undisturbed. The cist measures 1.6m from E to W.

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 structural evidence and 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. It is circular and measures 30m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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