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Red Hill Bronze Age Barrows

A Scheduled Monument in New Radnor (Maesyfed), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2655 / 52°15'55"N

Longitude: -3.152 / 3°9'7"W

OS Eastings: 321477

OS Northings: 263657

OS Grid: SO214636

Mapcode National: GBR B0.ZDMV

Mapcode Global: VH69K.BB04

Entry Name: Red Hill Bronze Age Barrows

Scheduled Date: 23 November 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1689

Cadw Legacy ID: RD189

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: New Radnor (Maesyfed)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises the remains of two earthen built round barrows, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and are located at the top of the Red Hill. The larger barrow measures 20m in diameter and stands up to 3m in height. It has a trig point at its top but other than this appears to have suffered very little disturbance. The second barrow is smaller being 17m in diameter and standing 1.25m high. It has a rounded undisturbed profile with no signs of ever being damaged.

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. It is two circles with a diameter of 0m and 30m centred on barrows A and B respectively.

Source: Cadw

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