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Llyn Eiddew Bach Ring Cairn II

A Scheduled Monument in Talsarnau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8904 / 52°53'25"N

Longitude: -4.0174 / 4°1'2"W

OS Eastings: 264372

OS Northings: 334450

OS Grid: SH643344

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.PW29

Mapcode Global: WH55V.8M71

Entry Name: Llyn Eiddew Bach Ring Cairn II

Scheduled Date: 18 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3933

Cadw Legacy ID: ME210

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Talsarnau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the well-preserved remains of a ring cairn, which probably date to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It comprises a circular bank of turfed-over stones some 8m in diameter, 1.0m wide and 0.4m high. The site 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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