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Pen-y-Crug Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Llanrhidian Lower (Llanrhidian Isaf), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.6014 / 51°36'5"N

Longitude: -4.1514 / 4°9'5"W

OS Eastings: 251095

OS Northings: 191370

OS Grid: SS510913

Mapcode National: GBR GT.0515

Mapcode Global: VH4KD.005N

Entry Name: Pen-y-Crug Round Barrow

Scheduled Date: 24 May 1938

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1141

Cadw Legacy ID: GM153

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Llanrhidian Lower (Llanrhidian Isaf)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a earthen built round barrow, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is situated in low-lying marshy land. The barrow is grass covered and measures 27m in diameter by 1.8m high. There is a hollow on the top measuring 9m in diameter by 0.8m deep.

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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