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Latitude: 52.8983 / 52°53'53"N
Longitude: -3.1202 / 3°7'12"W
OS Eastings: 324739
OS Northings: 334016
OS Grid: SJ247340
Mapcode National: GBR 70.PJJT
Mapcode Global: WH78K.1DFY
Entry Name: Orseddwen cairn
Scheduled Date: 26 May 2004
Source ID: 4025
Cadw Legacy ID: DE292
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Round cairn
Civil Parish: Selattyn and Gobowen
Traditional County: Denbighshire
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire
The monument comprises the remains of a prehistoric burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within improved pasture on the rounded summit of a locally imposing hill. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 13m in diameter and up to 1.5m in height. The cairn has been opened in the past, the antiquarian report of 1851 describing a rock-cut grave containing an extended inhumation and part of a bronze dagger.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. 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 secondary burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface.
The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 20m in diameter.
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