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Round Cairn 315m south of Upper Wenallt

A Scheduled Monument in Risca East (Dwyrain Rhisga), Caerphilly (Caerffili)

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Latitude: 51.609 / 51°36'32"N

Longitude: -3.0753 / 3°4'31"W

OS Eastings: 325634

OS Northings: 190561

OS Grid: ST256905

Mapcode National: GBR J2.9WP2

Mapcode Global: VH7B4.NT2G

Entry Name: Round Cairn 315m S of Upper Wenallt

Scheduled Date: 13 January 1960

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2350

Cadw Legacy ID: MM046

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Risca East (Dwyrain Rhisga)

Built-Up Area: Risca

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow, a burial mound probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated in enclosed improved meadow on the SW-facing slopes above Risca and immediately to the N of Cotswold Way. The grass-covered barrow is circular on plan and measures about 12m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The well-preserved 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 further burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 25m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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