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Llandarcy Round Cairn

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

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Latitude: 51.6427 / 51°38'33"N

Longitude: -3.8535 / 3°51'12"W

OS Eastings: 271843

OS Northings: 195395

OS Grid: SS718953

Mapcode National: GBR H0.7RFY

Mapcode Global: VH4K5.5Z52

Entry Name: Llandarcy Round Cairn

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 392

Cadw Legacy ID: GM291

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

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

Community: Coedffranc (Coed-ffranc)

Built-Up Area: Neath

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It occupies a hill-slope position with wide views except to the south. The cairn is round on plan and measures 7.6m in diameter by 0.9m high. A stone slab measuring 0.40m high by 1.8m long by 0.9m thick is set upright and sticks out of the side of the cairn. This is possibly the remains of a stone cist.

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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