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Llwyn du Parc cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Barmouth (Bermo), Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7564 / 52°45'22"N

Longitude: -4.0545 / 4°3'16"W

OS Eastings: 261449

OS Northings: 319621

OS Grid: SH614196

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.ZKKP

Mapcode Global: WH56D.PZH8

Entry Name: Llwyn du Parc cairn

Scheduled Date: 16 April 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3997

Cadw Legacy ID: ME240

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Cairn circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Barmouth (Bermo)

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within rough grazing on the NW-facing flank of the Llaw Lech ridge. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures 4.2m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height. There is a fine exposed cist in the centre of the cairn, measuring about 1m in length by 0.4m transversely and 0.2m in depth, with a large capstone lying immediately to the NE. At least twelve outwardly inclining stones are set around the perimeter of the cairn, partially forming a possible cairn circle.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability the presence of both intact secondary burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by its identification as a possible cairn circle, a particularly rare element within the surviving prehistoric ritual landscape.

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 15m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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