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Pencraig y Pistill Round Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Ceulanamaesmawr, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.4613 / 52°27'40"N

Longitude: -3.8921 / 3°53'31"W

OS Eastings: 271545

OS Northings: 286498

OS Grid: SN715864

Mapcode National: GBR 90.L4C6

Mapcode Global: VH4F8.HD8J

Entry Name: Pencraig y Pistill Round Cairn

Scheduled Date: 5 February 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1232

Cadw Legacy ID: CD250

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Ceulanamaesmawr

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a turf-consolidated round cairn, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is located on the highest point of a NE-SW ridge. The cairn is circular in shape on plan and measures c. 12m in diameter and a maximum of 1m in height. The centre of the mound features a depression, which probably represents an episode of grave robbing or antiquarian investigation. It measures c. 2.5m in diameter and 0.3m in depth. Despite the disturbance, the cairn survives largely intact.

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. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value it shares with neighbouring cairns.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. The scheduled area is circular in shape on plan and measures 20m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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