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Two Burnt Mounds 600m ESE of Rhyd-y-Ffynnon Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Cyngor Bro Dyffryn Cennen (Dyffryn Cennen), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8482 / 51°50'53"N

Longitude: -4.0126 / 4°0'45"W

OS Eastings: 261463

OS Northings: 218533

OS Grid: SN614185

Mapcode National: GBR DV.TPBT

Mapcode Global: VH4J3.DTJ2

Entry Name: Two Burnt Mounds 600m ESE of Rhyd-y-Ffynnon Farm

Scheduled Date: 29 October 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3446

Cadw Legacy ID: CM285

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Burnt mound

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cyngor Bro Dyffryn Cennen (Dyffryn Cennen)

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument consists of the remains of two burnt mounds, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2,300BC - 800BC). A burnt mound is an accumulation of burnt (fire-crazed) stones, ash and charcoal, usually sited next to a river or lake, with hearths and/or some form of trough or basin capable of holding water either within the mound or adjacent to it. The mounds are located at the base of a north-east facing hillslope and divided by a stream and hedge. The south-west mound is partly tree-covered and in wet ground. Measuring 13m by 5.5m and up to 0.7m high, the surface is eroded revealing the dense burnt matrix. 18m to the north-east is a second mound in a pasture field, measuring 15m by 8m and up to 0.5m high.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual and funerary practices. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and environmental evidence. A burnt mound 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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