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Mynydd Castlebythe Round Barrows

A Scheduled Monument in Puncheston (Cas-mael), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9303 / 51°55'49"N

Longitude: -4.869 / 4°52'8"W

OS Eastings: 202843

OS Northings: 229642

OS Grid: SN028296

Mapcode National: GBR CQ.NDYJ

Mapcode Global: VH1QW.KR93

Entry Name: Mynydd Castlebythe Round Barrows

Scheduled Date: 13 December 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4

Cadw Legacy ID: PE516

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Puncheston (Cas-mael)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of two round barrows, burial mounds probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in open heathland on the summit of Mynydd Castlebythe. The easternmost barrow (Item A: SN 02872 29647) measures c. 25m in diameter and c. 2.4m in height. The westernmost barrow (Item B: SN 02816 29638) measures c. 25m in diameter and c. 1.3m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. It 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. Their importance is further enhanced by the group value formed by its spatial association with a Bronze Age ring barrow located c. 50m to the W of Item B.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. Area A, centred on Item A, is circular and measures 35m in diameter. Area B, centred on Item B, is circular and measures 35m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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