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Pen Gloch-y-pibwr, cairn on west side of

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

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9077 / 51°54'27"N

Longitude: -3.1549 / 3°9'17"W

OS Eastings: 320645

OS Northings: 223869

OS Grid: SO206238

Mapcode National: GBR F0.PS2J

Mapcode Global: VH6C9.89GX

Entry Name: Pen Gloch-y-pibwr, cairn on W side of

Scheduled Date: 3 February 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4184

Cadw Legacy ID: BR306

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

Description

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 W-facing edge of the Pen Gloch-y-pibwr ridge. The stone-built cairn is roughly circular on plan and measures about 17m in diameter. It has been built over the leading edge of the ridge - it measures 0.6m in height on the E side and up to 2m in height on the W side. The cairn is substantially intact and is largely undisturbed, despite the construction of several small shelters 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 topographical association with two further important Bronze Age burial cairns situated on the ridge, Pen Allt-mawr cairn (BR305) to the N and Pen Gloch-y-pibwr cairn (BR307) to the S, further increases its importance.

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 28m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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