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Pillow Mounds at Pant Mawr

A Scheduled Monument in Tawe-Uchaf, Powys

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Latitude: 51.8083 / 51°48'29"N

Longitude: -3.6173 / 3°37'2"W

OS Eastings: 288594

OS Northings: 213425

OS Grid: SN885134

Mapcode National: GBR YC.XCCC

Mapcode Global: VH5FZ.8T13

Entry Name: Pillow Mounds at Pant Mawr

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1795

Cadw Legacy ID: BR173

Schedule Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Category: Pillow mound

Period: Post Medieval/Modern

County: Powys

Community: Tawe-Uchaf

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of the remains of a series of pillow mounds, pillow-shaped, flat topped rectangular mounds often surrounded by a shallow ditch used to farm rabbits. The site consists of at least 80 pillow mounds located within a walled enclosure. The pillow mounds are between 20m and 140m long, around 4m wide and up to 1.2m high and surrounded by ditches averaging 1.5m wide and 0.3m deep. A series of dry stone lined pits are also located on the site, possibly for use as rabbit traps, while a series of quadrilateral dry stone walled enclosures, measuring 18m long by 12m wide and containing pits may represent rabbit breeding pens.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of agricultural techniques. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

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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