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Pen Cerrig-calch, cairn on south side of

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin), Powys

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Latitude: 51.8931 / 51°53'35"N

Longitude: -3.1384 / 3°8'18"W

OS Eastings: 321754

OS Northings: 222231

OS Grid: SO217222

Mapcode National: GBR F0.QXVL

Mapcode Global: VH6C9.KP53

Entry Name: Pen Cerrig-calch, cairn on S side of

Scheduled Date: 3 February 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4180

Cadw Legacy ID: BR303

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Cwmdu with Bwlch and Cathedine (Llanfihangel Cwm Du gyda Bwlch a Chathedin)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in open moorland on the leading SE-facing edge of the summit of Pen Cerrig-calch. The stone-built cairn is roughly circular on plan and measures about 16.5m in diameter. The cairn is substantially intact and is largely undisturbed, measuring up to 1.3m in height on its N side and 2.5m in height on its S side. A shelter has been constructed within its summit.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved 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 and environmental and structural evidence.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 25m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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