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Nant Esgeiriau Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llandrillo, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 52.8856 / 52°53'8"N

Longitude: -3.4221 / 3°25'19"W

OS Eastings: 304405

OS Northings: 332965

OS Grid: SJ044329

Mapcode National: GBR 6M.Q96X

Mapcode Global: WH78D.DQNP

Entry Name: Nant Esgeiriau Cairn

Scheduled Date: 29 February 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 833

Cadw Legacy ID: DE259

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Llandrillo

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The Nant Ysgeiriau cairn is marked by a stony bank measuring 12m in diameter. There is a central stone cist measuring 2m x 0.7m, which is covered by a large capstone resting on three stone uprights. It is likely that the entire structure was originally covered by a cairn of stones, many of which remain in situ, while others have been re-used in the construction of a sheep fold which partially covers the site. 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 a circle and measures 50m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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