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Mynydd Myddfai ring cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Myddfai, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.9563 / 51°57'22"N

Longitude: -3.731 / 3°43'51"W

OS Eastings: 281149

OS Northings: 230064

OS Grid: SN811300

Mapcode National: GBR Y7.LTDF

Mapcode Global: VH5FB.83Y3

Entry Name: Mynydd Myddfai ring cairn

Scheduled Date: 23 September 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4157

Cadw Legacy ID: CM346

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Myddfai

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on the Mynydd Myddfai ridge. The well-preserved ring cairn is circular on plan and measures about 24m in diameter within a grass-covered stony ring bank spread to about 4.5m in thickness and up to 0.7m in height. The interior slopes slightly to the E, the direction towards which the monument 'faces'. The ring cairn is situated with wide views around the E arc, but, despite its location on the NW-facing leading edge of the slopes above Cwm yr Olchfa, the views around the W arc (and especially of the lower ground to the N) are hidden by the immediate terrain.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence. Its importance is further enhanced by the group value formed by its spatial association with similar Bronze Age monuments on the Mynydd Myddfai ridge, including the Mynydd Bach-Trecastell Stone Circles (BR069) situated to the NE and the ring cairn pair situated to the SW (CM349).

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 55m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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