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Ring Cairn North-West of Llyn y Wrach

A Scheduled Monument in Penmaenmawr, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2644 / 53°15'51"N

Longitude: -3.8811 / 3°52'51"W

OS Eastings: 274633

OS Northings: 375802

OS Grid: SH746758

Mapcode National: GBR 1ZBP.KJ

Mapcode Global: WH545.C63T

Entry Name: Ring Cairn North-West of Llyn y Wrach

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1498

Cadw Legacy ID: CN260

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Penmaenmawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a large ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The site is complete and well preserved with intact structural features. The orthostatic construction is undisturbed.

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 further structural evidence, including surviving ground surfaces. Ring cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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 consists of a circle 24m in diameter centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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