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Maes y Crug round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Llanegwad, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8654 / 51°51'55"N

Longitude: -4.1862 / 4°11'10"W

OS Eastings: 249565

OS Northings: 220799

OS Grid: SN495207

Mapcode National: GBR DM.SN96

Mapcode Global: VH3LK.DC8T

Entry Name: Maes y Crug round barrow

Scheduled Date: 22 November 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4112

Cadw Legacy ID: CM328

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanegwad

Built-Up Area: Nantgaredig

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow, a burial monument probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in enclosed improved pasture immediately to the SE of Maes y Crug House. The grass-covered barrow was circular on plan and measured about 19.5m in diameter and at least 0.5m in height. However, the barrow was cut by the construction of a railway line in 1864 (a stone cist is recorded as being found, containing pottery and bronze implements). Only the NNW half of the barrow remains, although much potential for archaeological information remains.

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 of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is semicircular and measures 17m in radius.

Source: Cadw

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