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Round Cairn 567m East of Bryn Defaid

A Scheduled Monument in Maesteg, Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

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Latitude: 51.6126 / 51°36'45"N

Longitude: -3.6071 / 3°36'25"W

OS Eastings: 288821

OS Northings: 191641

OS Grid: SS888916

Mapcode National: GBR HC.9MD9

Mapcode Global: VH5GY.FQGN

Entry Name: Round Cairn 567m East of Bryn Defaid

Scheduled Date: 13 June 1956

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3111

Cadw Legacy ID: GM249

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

Community: Maesteg

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn is situated on a ridge top. The grass covered mound measures 7m in diameter and 0.5m high. The centre is hollowed out, the hollow being 1.5m in diameter and 0.5m deep. Stones protrude from the turf on the outer sides of the cairn.

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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