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Orseddwen cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Selattyn and Gobowen, Shropshire

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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: Cadw

Source ID: 4025

Cadw Legacy ID: DE292

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Shropshire

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.

Source: Cadw

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