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Round Cairn south east of Maen Llia

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

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Latitude: 51.8589 / 51°51'32"N

Longitude: -3.5603 / 3°33'36"W

OS Eastings: 292647

OS Northings: 218965

OS Grid: SN926189

Mapcode National: GBR YG.T1JV

Mapcode Global: VH5FT.7JPT

Entry Name: Round Cairn SE of Maen Llia

Scheduled Date: 19 April 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1578

Cadw Legacy ID: BR261

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Maescar (Maes-car)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and is set on a prominent local rise in the ground overlooking the Afon Llia. The cairn has an outer ring of stones, now mostly grassed over.

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. 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. It is a circle of 20m diameter centered on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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