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The Cregennen Cairns and Standing Stones

A Scheduled Monument in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7025 / 52°42'8"N

Longitude: -3.9804 / 3°58'49"W

OS Eastings: 266279

OS Northings: 313485

OS Grid: SH662134

Mapcode National: GBR 8X.2SNW

Mapcode Global: WH56T.TBQK

Entry Name: The Cregennen Cairns and Standing Stones

Scheduled Date: 17 January 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 916

Cadw Legacy ID: ME151

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises a group of five cairns and three standing stones, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). Together these features represent the ritual landscape along an ancient routeway through the Meirionydd hills.

The importance of these features lies principally in their group value as indicators of the ritual significance of this area in the Bronze Age and the monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. 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, together with environmental and structural evidence. The proximity of wet ground and peat bog enhances the potential for the study of environmental archaeology.

The scheduled areas comprise the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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