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Meuryn Isaf Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Aber, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.2186 / 53°13'6"N

Longitude: -3.9915 / 3°59'29"W

OS Eastings: 267123

OS Northings: 370908

OS Grid: SH671709

Mapcode National: GBR 5W.18VK

Mapcode Global: WH549.NCGF

Entry Name: Meuryn Isaf Cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 August 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3836

Cadw Legacy ID: CN308

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Aber

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 - 800 BC). This well preserved cairn is visible today as a ring of stones of varying sizes forming a kerb of diameter 7m. The stones which vary in height from 0.3 to 0.6m are separated by small gaps. The interior of the cairn shows signs of having had a central cist since there is a large stone slab 1.5m long lying within a depression in the ground.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. 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, together with environmental and structural evidence. 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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