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Latitude: 51.8166 / 51°48'59"N
Longitude: -4.1179 / 4°7'4"W
OS Eastings: 254112
OS Northings: 215230
OS Grid: SN541152
Mapcode National: GBR DQ.WM7H
Mapcode Global: VH4J7.KLWR
Entry Name: Ring Cairn 120m NE of Heol Ddu
Scheduled Date: 15 March 1984
Source ID: 2166
Cadw Legacy ID: CM230
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Ring cairn
County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
Community: Gorslas (Gors-las)
Traditional County: Carmarthenshire
The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC), and is defined by a circular earthwork some 30m diameter, bisected by a mature hedge. On the west of the hedge the monument survives as a curving bank. A trial excavation showed that this was formed by c 6m wide bank of limestone boulders and stones, surrounding a central circular area. To the eastern side of the hedge the central hollow has been in-filled in modern times, so that it now appears as a raised platform.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring 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.
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