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Maes Clythan Wood cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.912 / 51°54'43"N

Longitude: -3.2206 / 3°13'14"W

OS Eastings: 316134

OS Northings: 224420

OS Grid: SO161244

Mapcode National: GBR YX.PMRT

Mapcode Global: VH6C8.467M

Entry Name: Maes Clythan Wood cairn

Scheduled Date: 3 February 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4182

Cadw Legacy ID: BR310

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in open moorland on the gentle S-facing slopes above Cefn Moel. The stone-built cairn is roughly circular on plan and measures about 7.5m in diameter and up to 0.5m in height. The cairn is substantially intact, although there is a large central hollow, presumably the result of antiquarian investigation or robbing. A shelter with drystone walling has been constructed within this hollow, although upright slabs (perhaps remaining from an original cist) are visible at the base of the shelter on its NE and SE sides.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved 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 and environmental and structural evidence.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 18m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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