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Ring Cairn on Garn Lwyd

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.244 / 52°14'38"N

Longitude: -3.584 / 3°35'2"W

OS Eastings: 291948

OS Northings: 261828

OS Grid: SN919618

Mapcode National: GBR YF.0MNR

Mapcode Global: VH5CV.TVNM

Entry Name: Ring Cairn on Garn Lwyd

Scheduled Date: 6 October 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1821

Cadw Legacy ID: BR214

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

Description

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 bank of boulders 16.6m in diameter with a gently sloping grass covered interior. The bank of stones is 3.6m wide and 0.6m high at its maximum dimensions. It is fairly conspicuous but isolated in an otherwise featureless hillside where lies in unenclosed moorland, in part of the Elan Valley.

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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