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Three Round Barrows in Lower Hale Wood

A Scheduled Monument in Tintern (Tyndyrn), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.7051 / 51°42'18"N

Longitude: -2.6953 / 2°41'42"W

OS Eastings: 352051

OS Northings: 200939

OS Grid: SO520009

Mapcode National: GBR JL.3W56

Mapcode Global: VH87F.7DGP

Entry Name: Three Round Barrows in Lower Hale Wood

Scheduled Date: 24 January 1975

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2415

Cadw Legacy ID: MM191

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Tintern (Tyndyrn)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of three burial cairns, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) located in a dense forestry plantation. Cairn A survives as a broad ring of stones, 26m in diameter and 1.8m high, the centre of the monument having been robbed of stone. Cairn B is located 100m SSE of cairn A and comprises a stone mound measuring 14m N/S by 12m and up to 1.5m high. Cairn C is located 115m SW of cairn A and is circular in plan, 10m in diameter and 0.6m high.

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. 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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