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Round Barrows on Summit of Freni Fawr

A Scheduled Monument in Crymych, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9839 / 51°59'1"N

Longitude: -4.6186 / 4°37'6"W

OS Eastings: 220273

OS Northings: 234950

OS Grid: SN202349

Mapcode National: GBR D1.K324

Mapcode Global: VH2N8.WDPJ

Entry Name: Round Barrows on Summit of Freni Fawr

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1952

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3068

Cadw Legacy ID: PE291

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Crymych

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of three earthen built round barrows, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The southernmost barrow measures 60ft in diameter by 10ft high with an OS trig point on top. The central barrow measures 60ft in diameter by 6ft high and is sunken in the centre. The northern barrow measures 30ft in diameter and 4ft high with a concave top.

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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