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Latitude: 51.6633 / 51°39'47"N
Longitude: -3.4754 / 3°28'31"W
OS Eastings: 298049
OS Northings: 197089
OS Grid: SS980970
Mapcode National: GBR HJ.6JHJ
Mapcode Global: VH5GT.QG18
Entry Name: Tarren Maerdy cairn (E)
Scheduled Date: 14 November 2003
Source ID: 4040
Cadw Legacy ID: GM575
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Round cairn
County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)
Community: Maerdy (Y Maerdy)
Built-Up Area: Ferndale
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The monument comprises the remains of a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). It is situated within open moorland, immediately below the south-east end of a local summit on the main ridge of Cefn y Rhondda. The stone-built cairn is circular on plan and measures about 8m in diameter and up to 0.4m in height. The remains of a stone cist are visible, with a large flat capstone lying immediately to the south-west, partially overlying the south-east side of the cist.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The 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, including a buried prehistoric land surface.
The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.
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