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Pen-Dre Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Letterston (Treletert), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9285 / 51°55'42"N

Longitude: -4.9868 / 4°59'12"W

OS Eastings: 194738

OS Northings: 229766

OS Grid: SM947297

Mapcode National: GBR CK.NMQH

Mapcode Global: VH1QT.JS0H

Entry Name: Pen-Dre Round Barrow

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3708

Cadw Legacy ID: PE062

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Letterston (Treletert)

Built-Up Area: Letterston

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthen built round barrow, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The barrow consists of traces of a low mound and buried archaeology within the rear gardens of two houses. The kerbed barrow that originally measured c 33m in diameter and was 1.5m high was excavated in 1961. This had been raised over an embanked stone circle 12m in diameter which remains in situ. An early Bronze Age urn and cremation and a shallow pit containing charcoal were associated with the embanked circle.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Barrows 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

Source: Cadw

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