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Maes Merddyn Ring Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Pentrefoelas, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.0767 / 53°4'36"N

Longitude: -3.7044 / 3°42'15"W

OS Eastings: 285917

OS Northings: 354630

OS Grid: SH859546

Mapcode National: GBR 68.B0MQ

Mapcode Global: WH665.2X8Q

Entry Name: Maes Merddyn Ring Cairn

Scheduled Date: 12 April 2001

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1693

Cadw Legacy ID: DE273

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Pentrefoelas

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn comprises two elements, with a small round barrow lying within a larger ring cairn. The mounument is surrounded by an earth and stone bank which measures 10m in diameter, 1.75m wide x 0.6m high. This encloses a circular area measuirng 6.5m across within which a stone and turf mound measuring 3.75m in diameter and 0.4m high has been constructed. There is a hole in the top of the inner mound which may indicate antiquarian invstigations. 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 both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can 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. It is circular and measures 2m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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