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Tair Carn Isaf Cairns

A Scheduled Monument in Cwmamman (Cwmaman), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8343 / 51°50'3"N

Longitude: -3.9127 / 3°54'45"W

OS Eastings: 268308

OS Northings: 216806

OS Grid: SN683168

Mapcode National: GBR DZ.VQ3J

Mapcode Global: VH4JC.45D5

Entry Name: Tair Carn Isaf Cairns

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1992

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 654

Cadw Legacy ID: CM256

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cwmamman (Cwmaman)

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of four much disturbed grit stone rubble cairns which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and which are situated towards the south west end of the hogback summit of Tair Carn Isaf. The easternmost cairn measures c 12m in diameter and is up to 1.2m high. The second cairn and best preserved cairn lies 65m to the south west and measures c 15m in diameter and is 1.8m high. A further115m to the south west the third cairn measures 20m in diameter and is 2.2m high. The easternmost cairn is approximately 300m to the east of the others and measures c 9m in diameter and is 1.0m high.

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. The cairns importance is enhanced by their group value and for their comparison with the very well-preserved cairns on Tair Carn Uchaf, 1km to the North East.

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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