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Tair Carn Uchaf Cairns

A Scheduled Monument in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8402 / 51°50'24"N

Longitude: -3.8976 / 3°53'51"W

OS Eastings: 269363

OS Northings: 217434

OS Grid: SN693174

Mapcode National: GBR Y0.V7VN

Mapcode Global: VH4JC.D0CM

Entry Name: Tair Carn Uchaf Cairns

Scheduled Date: 6 November 1992

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 418

Cadw Legacy ID: CM255

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llangadog

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of three grit stone rubble cairns which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and which are situated on the long hogback summit of Tair Carn Uchaf. The easternmost cairn measures c 18m in diameter and is 2.3m high, disturbance in the past has left a central depression that measures c 8m in diameter and 1.8m deep and the body of the cairn has fallen away on the north east side. The central cairn is situated 250m to the south west and measures 22m in diameter and is 3.2m high with steeply sloping convex sides, there is a slight depression on top measuring 2m in diameter and up to 0.5m in depth. The westernmost cairn is situated 110m east of the centralcairn and measures 17m in diameter and is 2.6m high, disturbance in the past has left a central oval depression measuring c 4m by 3m and 1m in depth.

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.

Source: Cadw

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