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Tarren Hendre Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Pennal, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6175 / 52°37'3"N

Longitude: -3.9455 / 3°56'43"W

OS Eastings: 268382

OS Northings: 303970

OS Grid: SH683039

Mapcode National: GBR 8Y.836H

Mapcode Global: WH577.CGDP

Entry Name: Tarren Hendre Cairn

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3203

Cadw Legacy ID: ME041

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Pennal

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a cairn, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The site lies towards the south end of a local summit with wide views to the south, and appears as a largely peat-covered mound c.12m in diameter and c.1.5m high with a small stone cairn on its centre which is clearly a later addition. A modern fence runs across it slightly to the south-east of its centre.

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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