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Ring Cairn on Esgair Ceiliog

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2329 / 52°13'58"N

Longitude: -3.6155 / 3°36'55"W

OS Eastings: 289770

OS Northings: 260636

OS Grid: SN897606

Mapcode National: GBR YC.1KTN

Mapcode Global: VH5D1.940M

Entry Name: Ring Cairn on Esgair Ceiliog

Scheduled Date: 26 September 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1816

Cadw Legacy ID: BR208

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn of earth and stone, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC), located in a large area of upland grassland which slopes gently from south to north; it is 13m in diameter, with an outer bank 2.5m broad of small boulders which is partially grassed over and has a maximum height of 0.5m. At its centre lies a stony irregular heap with slight evidence for a ditch running around the outside of the monument.

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.

Source: Cadw

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