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Mynydd Egryn Ring Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7627 / 52°45'45"N

Longitude: -4.0523 / 4°3'8"W

OS Eastings: 261613

OS Northings: 320314

OS Grid: SH616203

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.Z03C

Mapcode Global: WH56D.QTJG

Entry Name: Mynydd Egryn Ring Cairn

Scheduled Date: 19 January 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3870

Cadw Legacy ID: ME156

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dyffryn Ardudwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn is a particularly fine example and lies in the Meirionnydd uplands. Excavation of the central area in 1919 failed to identify any evidence of burial but the structural features, most notably the distinctive kerb of outward leaning slones, have survived relatively undisturbed. These are an important diagnostic feature of a rare class of monument.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring 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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