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Rhondda Fach Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Aberdare (Aberdâr), Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.7095 / 51°42'34"N

Longitude: -3.527 / 3°31'37"W

OS Eastings: 294591

OS Northings: 202296

OS Grid: SN945022

Mapcode National: GBR HG.3HK3

Mapcode Global: VH5GL.T99C

Entry Name: Rhondda Fach Cairn

Scheduled Date: 10 May 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1631

Cadw Legacy ID: GM541

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Aberdare (Aberdâr)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn measures 8m in diameter and is 1m high.

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