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Round Cairn on Bessie's Meadow

A Scheduled Monument in Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton (Llangynydd, Llanmadog a Cheriton), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.5874 / 51°35'14"N

Longitude: -4.2838 / 4°17'1"W

OS Eastings: 241879

OS Northings: 190084

OS Grid: SS418900

Mapcode National: GBR GQ.LS4G

Mapcode Global: VH3MV.PCPG

Entry Name: Round Cairn on Bessie's Meadow

Scheduled Date: 26 January 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1476

Cadw Legacy ID: GM498

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Llangennith, Llanmadoc and Cheriton (Llangynydd, Llanmadog a Cheriton)

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Description

The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The round cairn is located on open moorland at Rhossili Down at about 180m above sea level, on the line of a dry stone wall separating the upland known as Bessie's Meadow from Rhossili Down. It is 7m in diameter and 0.3m high. The cairn is constructed of boulders and turf, with a stone kurb and possible central cist.

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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