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Twmpath Diwlith Round Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Maesteg, Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

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Latitude: 51.5858 / 51°35'8"N

Longitude: -3.6869 / 3°41'12"W

OS Eastings: 283221

OS Northings: 188788

OS Grid: SS832887

Mapcode National: GBR H7.CCBJ

Mapcode Global: VH5H3.1DQN

Entry Name: Twmpath Diwlith Round Barrow

Scheduled Date: 8 May 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4345

Cadw Legacy ID: GM557

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Bridgend (Pen-y-bont ar Ogwr)

Community: Maesteg

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a round barrow dating to the Bronze Age (2400 BC – 800 BC). The earthen mound is approximately 23m in diameter with a maximum height of 1.5m on the eastern side. A small depression in the top of the barrow is probably the site of an excavation made in 1921 on behalf of the National Museum of Wales by R.E.M. Wheeler. This showed that the barrow had originally been built of turves, covering a rough stone cist containing fragmentary burnt bones. At a later date the barrow had been enlarged with earth and a secondary interment was placed within the barrow. At the time of the excavation this secondary burial was found to be disturbed.

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 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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