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Llyn Eiddew Bach Ring Cairn I

A Scheduled Monument in Talsarnau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8951 / 52°53'42"N

Longitude: -4.014 / 4°0'50"W

OS Eastings: 264615

OS Northings: 334977

OS Grid: SH646349

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.PPFK

Mapcode Global: WH55V.9HVC

Entry Name: Llyn Eiddew Bach Ring Cairn I

Scheduled Date: 17 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3936

Cadw Legacy ID: ME209

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Talsarnau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of an unusual, well-preserved ring cairn which probably date to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It comprises a circular bank of turfed-over stones some 10m in diameter, 1.0m wide and 0.5m high. In the centre of the cairn stands a small standing stone some 0.60m high, 0.90m wide and 0.10m thick with its long axis aligned east to west. The cairn is largely buried beneath blanket peat. The monument is associated with the Fonllech Hir prehistoric trackway and the Bryn Cader-Faner cairn circle.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of intact ritual and burial deposits, structural evidence and preserved prehistoric ground surfaces below the monument. Since the cairn is largely buried beneath blanket peat it also retains considerable palaeo-environmental potential. Ring 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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