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Knaps Barrows

A Scheduled Monument in Trewern (Tre-wern), Powys

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Latitude: 52.677 / 52°40'37"N

Longitude: -3.0466 / 3°2'47"W

OS Eastings: 329335

OS Northings: 309326

OS Grid: SJ293093

Mapcode National: GBR B4.4GLV

Mapcode Global: WH8BP.5ZH3

Entry Name: Knaps Barrows

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1989

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 161

Cadw Legacy ID: MG213

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Trewern (Tre-wern)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of two earthen built round barrows, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The barrows are circular in shape on plan and have a rounded profile. Barrow A is c. 26.5m in diameter and c. 2.3m in height, and apparently undisturbed. Barrow B is a fairly well-preserved round barrow, with dimensions of c. 18.6m in diameter and c. 1m in height, and bisected N-S by a shallow depression.

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. Barrows 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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