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Mwdwl Eithin Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.0106 / 53°0'38"N

Longitude: -3.5076 / 3°30'27"W

OS Eastings: 298948

OS Northings: 346980

OS Grid: SH989469

Mapcode National: GBR 6J.G6H7

Mapcode Global: WH66N.3L0D

Entry Name: Mwdwl Eithin Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 31 October 2002

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3948

Cadw Legacy ID: DE281

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Llanfihangel Glyn Myfyr

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and is located in a prominent position on the summit of Mwdwl Eithin. The cairn measures 18m in diameter and stands to a height of 0.9m. The turf-covered heap of stones making up the body of the cairn is surmounted by an earth and stone bank some 1.5m wide and 0.5m high. An OS triangulation pillar occupies the centre of the cairn.

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 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 22m in diameter, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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