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Shepherd's Tump round barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfihangel Rhydithon (Llanfihangel Rhydieithon), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2802 / 52°16'48"N

Longitude: -3.2399 / 3°14'23"W

OS Eastings: 315508

OS Northings: 265398

OS Grid: SO155653

Mapcode National: GBR 9W.YH0H

Mapcode Global: VH699.SYKC

Entry Name: Shepherd's Tump round barrow

Scheduled Date: 21 October 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4231

Cadw Legacy ID: RD253

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llanfihangel Rhydithon (Llanfihangel Rhydieithon)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


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 pasture on a prominent knoll on the northernmost summit of the ridge on the NW side of Radnor Forest. The grass-covered round barrow is circular on plan and measures about 19m in diameter and up to 1.5m in height. The barrow appears to be largely undisturbed and has a well-defined rounded profile. It boasts spectacular views in all directions.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. 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 intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence.

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 28m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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