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Penmoelallt Round Barrows

A Scheduled Monument in Vaynor (Y Faenor), Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

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Latitude: 51.7761 / 51°46'33"N

Longitude: -3.4385 / 3°26'18"W

OS Eastings: 300850

OS Northings: 209581

OS Grid: SO008095

Mapcode National: GBR YM.Z7QJ

Mapcode Global: VH6CQ.CM29

Entry Name: Penmoelallt Round Barrows

Scheduled Date: 6 July 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1598

Cadw Legacy ID: GM528

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Community: Vaynor (Y Faenor)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of three earthen built round barrows which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The barrows are of similar appearance and size measuring c. 4m in diameter and standing up to 1.5m high. They are circular in shape on plan with a rounded profile and set in a line running northwest-southeast along a slight ridge.

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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