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Mynydd Caerau Round Cairns

A Scheduled Monument in Garw Valley (Cwm Garw), Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

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Latitude: 51.6369 / 51°38'12"N

Longitude: -3.6047 / 3°36'16"W

OS Eastings: 289044

OS Northings: 194342

OS Grid: SS890943

Mapcode National: GBR HC.820H

Mapcode Global: VH5GY.G3PZ

Entry Name: Mynydd Caerau Round Cairns

Scheduled Date: 5 July 1955

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 625

Cadw Legacy ID: GM232

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

Community: Garw Valley (Cwm Garw)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a number of burial cairns, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The Mynydd Caerau Round Cairns are a cemetery of up to nine Bronze Age cairns, measuring in diameter between 20 to 30 metres.

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.

Source: Cadw

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