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Llandudno Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Llandudno, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.3292 / 53°19'44"N

Longitude: -3.8452 / 3°50'42"W

OS Eastings: 277213

OS Northings: 382948

OS Grid: SH772829

Mapcode National: GBR 1YLY.B9

Mapcode Global: WH53S.XL44

Entry Name: Llandudno Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3394

Cadw Legacy ID: CN005

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered long cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Llandudno

Built-Up Area: Llandudno

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument consists of the remains of a chambered long cairn, dating to the early Neolithic (c. 4,200BC - 3,000BC). A long cairn is a roughly rectangular or trapezoidal mound of stone, usually between 25m and 120m long, with a length exceeding twice its greatest width. The mound may be edged with a timber or stone revetment, and they contain one or more stone or wooden burial chambers at one end.

The Llety'r Filiast Burial Chamber is the remains of a ruined burial chamber which is roughly pentagonal and measures c1m high, 2m long and 1.5m wide; also a disturbed long cairn about 24m long and 12m wide which are situated within the Great Orme Country Park. Four upright stones remain, three of which support a part of the capstone. Two further sections of the capstone lie on the floor, one inside the chamber, the other leaning against the outside of the northwest upright. The eastern side of the chamber is now open but may have originally been closed by a further upright. The chamber sits at the southeast end of the cairn much of which consists of a natural outcrop.

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. Chambered long cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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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