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Rhos-Gwawr cairn cemetery

A Scheduled Monument in Aberaman, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.697 / 51°41'49"N

Longitude: -3.4581 / 3°27'29"W

OS Eastings: 299319

OS Northings: 200809

OS Grid: SN993008

Mapcode National: GBR HK.48VW

Mapcode Global: VH6D3.0LPY

Entry Name: Rhos-Gwawr cairn cemetery

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1979

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 388

Cadw Legacy ID: GM404

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

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

Community: Aberaman

Built-Up Area: Aberdare

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn cemetery containing a number of small burial mounds probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). The cemetery is situated in enclosed rough pasture on the summit of the ridge of Rhos-Gwawr.

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 and environmental and structural evidence. The exceptional size of the complex, which also contains several larger burial cairns, further increases its importance.

The areas scheduled comprise the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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