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Round Cairn 130m east of Cryn-Fryn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanwrthwl, Powys

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Latitude: 52.2491 / 52°14'56"N

Longitude: -3.5002 / 3°30'0"W

OS Eastings: 297678

OS Northings: 262273

OS Grid: SN976622

Mapcode National: GBR YJ.0JDC

Mapcode Global: VH5CX.8QYQ

Entry Name: Round Cairn 130m E of Cryn-Fryn

Scheduled Date: 21 November 1978

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1800

Cadw Legacy ID: BR184

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanwrthwl

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn is roughly oval in plan, measuring 16m N/S by 13m E/W and 0.9m high, and comprises angular stones of a variety of sizes. In the centre is an open cist measuring 1m by 1.6m, built using four large slabs set upright. The capstone is missing, although several large slabs are present on and around the cairn one of which which could have originally covered the cist. The cairn is largely turf-covered and is located in a field of pasture.

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