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Tarren Maerdy cairn (W)

A Scheduled Monument in Maerdy (Y Maerdy), Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6643 / 51°39'51"N

Longitude: -3.4768 / 3°28'36"W

OS Eastings: 297957

OS Northings: 197199

OS Grid: SS979971

Mapcode National: GBR HJ.6B6D

Mapcode Global: VH5GT.PFBJ

Entry Name: Tarren Maerdy cairn (W)

Scheduled Date: 8 August 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4046

Cadw Legacy ID: GM576

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Maerdy (Y Maerdy)

Built-Up Area: Ferndale

Traditional County: Glamorgan

Description

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, on 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 1m in height. The remains of a well-preserved stone cist are visible.

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 scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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