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Moel Rhiwlug Cist Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Pentrefoelas, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.0824 / 53°4'56"N

Longitude: -3.6696 / 3°40'10"W

OS Eastings: 288261

OS Northings: 355209

OS Grid: SH882552

Mapcode National: GBR 69.9WLD

Mapcode Global: WH665.LSRB

Entry Name: Moel Rhiwlug Cist Cairn

Scheduled Date: 17 May 2001

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1695

Cadw Legacy ID: DE275

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Kerb cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Pentrefoelas

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, with a kerb of edge-set stones defining the edge, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). The cairn measures 8m in diameter and as well as the kerb of stones, is also defined by a possible shallow external ditch measuring 1.5m wide. At the centre of the cairn is a well defined stone-lined burial cist with a displaced capstone.

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 structural evidence and intact burial or ritual deposits. Kerb 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 16m in diameter, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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