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Round Barrows north east of Church Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Wick (Y Wig), Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Latitude: 51.4248 / 51°25'29"N

Longitude: -3.5518 / 3°33'6"W

OS Eastings: 292203

OS Northings: 170670

OS Grid: SS922706

Mapcode National: GBR HF.PHBD

Mapcode Global: VH5HY.DG54

Entry Name: Round Barrows NE of Church Farm

Scheduled Date: 4 March 1959

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2889

Cadw Legacy ID: GM262

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: Wick (Y Wig)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of two earthen built round barrows, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC).

Barrow A - This barrow is the most northerly and measures c. 0.6m high, the diameter being impossible to determine. It was excavated in 2006 by the Glamorgan & Gwent Archaeological Trust. Archaeological deposits were encountered directly beneath the plough soil. Two damaged cremation burials in funerary urns were located very close to the surface. At the northern end of the barrow the presence of a rock-cut ditch was identified cut through the Lias bedrock, 1.4m wide and 1m in depth with near vertical sides.

Barrow B - This barrow is the most southerly and is very spread - the diameter being impossible to determine.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Barrows 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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