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Latitude: 52.6319 / 52°37'54"N
Longitude: -3.6779 / 3°40'40"W
OS Eastings: 286539
OS Northings: 305118
OS Grid: SH865051
Mapcode National: GBR 99.793Q
Mapcode Global: WH68H.G3VM
Entry Name: Moel Eiddew platform cairn
Scheduled Date: 27 June 2005
Source ID: 4217
Cadw Legacy ID: MG312
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Platform Cairn
Traditional County: Montgomeryshire
The monument comprises the remains of a platform cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in open moorland on summit of Moel Eiddew at the S end of Mynydd y Cemmaes. The grass-covered stone-built platform cairn is circular on plan and measures about 14m in diameter over a well-defined level platform up to 0.6m in height. Although there are several small hollows visible within the platform - and a concrete triangulation pillar has been built upon the NW side - the monument appears to be undisturbed. The platform cairn commands spectacular views over the surrounding landscape.
Platform cairns were erected both singly or as part of larger cemeteries. Excavated examples have shown these monuments to be essentially ceremonial - although with a consistent link with the burial of the dead where some cremation burials have been revealed. Rituals involving the burning and deposition of charcoal, perhaps symbolic of the funeral pyre, would seem to have been important.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved and unusual 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 area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 28m in diameter.
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