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Little Hill Round Barrows

A Scheduled Monument in Llandrindod Wells (Llandrindod), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.2268 / 52°13'36"N

Longitude: -3.358 / 3°21'28"W

OS Eastings: 307343

OS Northings: 259601

OS Grid: SO073596

Mapcode National: GBR YQ.1X9F

Mapcode Global: VH69M.R948

Entry Name: Little Hill Round Barrows

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1904

Cadw Legacy ID: RD009

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llandrindod Wells (Llandrindod)

Traditional County: Radnorshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of four round barrows or cairns, built of earth with a fair amount of stone, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). Barrows generally are circular in shape on plan and have a rounded profile. Barrow A is considerably damaged, such that its original form is difficult to reconstruct, though there are traces of a possible kerb around its outer edge. It measures c.16.5m by c.13m and is c.1.1m high. Barrow B lies c.45m to the south-west of Barrow A and is c. 8m in diameter and c. 0.6m high, with a single edge-set stone at its base on the north-east side and group of five large boulders on the south side which may represent field clearance. Barrow C lies c.10m to the east of Barrow A and is c.5m in diameter and 0.5m high, consisting of stone heaped around a larger boulder. Barrow D lies c.190m to the south of Barrow A and is c.13m in diameter and 1.5m high. It has an uneven profile with stone poking through the turf in places.

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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