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North Cairn on Pen Plynlimon-Fawr

A Scheduled Monument in Blaenrheidol, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.4679 / 52°28'4"N

Longitude: -3.7827 / 3°46'57"W

OS Eastings: 278997

OS Northings: 287047

OS Grid: SN789870

Mapcode National: GBR 95.KMB3

Mapcode Global: VH5BS.D73F

Entry Name: North Cairn on Pen Plynlimon-Fawr

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1843

Cadw Legacy ID: CD036

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Blaenrheidol

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a small burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is c. 6m in diameter, c.23m in circumference and c.0.6m high. It is the most northerly of three cairns situated on a fairly level summit ridge at c.750m above OD. It is composed of loose boulders and has been much disturbed by the construction of shelters.

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 be 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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