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Moel Faban cairn cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Bethesda, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1903 / 53°11'24"N

Longitude: -4.05 / 4°2'59"W

OS Eastings: 263131

OS Northings: 367869

OS Grid: SH631678

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.30NY

Mapcode Global: WH54G.R2MM

Entry Name: Moel Faban cairn cemetery

Scheduled Date: 29 January 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4051

Cadw Legacy ID: CN359

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Bethesda

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of three small burial cairns, forming a cemetery probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on the W-facing slopes of Moel Faban. The stone-built cairns are circular on plan and measure between 6m and 10m in diameter and up to 0.5m in height. The cairns have been inventoried as Moel Faban cairn A, situated to the NNE (SH 6315 6791); Moel Faban cairn B, situated to the SSW (SH 6314 6785); and Moel Faban cairn C, situated to the W (SH 6308 6785). The cairns have been disturbed in the past.

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 buried prehistoric land surfaces.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is irregular and measures 90m from NNE to SSW by up to 58m transversely.

Source: Cadw

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