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Pawl Hir Ring Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Penybont (Pen-y-bont), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2269 / 52°13'36"N

Longitude: -3.3175 / 3°19'2"W

OS Eastings: 310109

OS Northings: 259559

OS Grid: SO101595

Mapcode National: GBR YS.1V1N

Mapcode Global: VH69N.G916

Entry Name: Pawl Hir Ring Cairn

Scheduled Date: 11 August 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1602

Cadw Legacy ID: RD167

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Penybont (Pen-y-bont)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and stands in a prominent location on an exposed eminence forming part of an upland ridge way. The cairn survives today as a clearly defined stony bank averaging 0.3m in height, although some of the individual inner revetment stones stand to greater heights. The cairn is slightly ovoid in shape and measures 10m x 11.7m externally. The interior although obscured by the presence of small stones, has an internal diameter of c. 7.5m. There is no visible evidence that the cairn has been disturbed or robbed.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring 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 measuring 17m in diameter, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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