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Round Cairn south of Bryn Melin

A Scheduled Monument in Maescar (Maes-car), Powys

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Latitude: 52.0191 / 52°1'8"N

Longitude: -3.6211 / 3°37'15"W

OS Eastings: 288856

OS Northings: 236874

OS Grid: SN888368

Mapcode National: GBR YC.GY66

Mapcode Global: VH5F0.6H1Z

Entry Name: Round Cairn S of Bryn Melin

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1753

Cadw Legacy ID: BR108

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Maescar (Maes-car)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a earthen built round barrow, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The barrow is circular in plan and measures 30m in diameter and around 2m high, although the height of the monument is exacerbated by its location on a low natural knoll. Traces can be seen of a trench dug into to the top of the mound, this measures 4m long and 0.5m wide. The barrow is grass covered and lies in an area of unimproved grazing.

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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