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Two Cairns on Fan Foel

A Scheduled Monument in Llanddeusant, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8859 / 51°53'9"N

Longitude: -3.7117 / 3°42'42"W

OS Eastings: 282288

OS Northings: 222201

OS Grid: SN822222

Mapcode National: GBR Y7.RCZL

Mapcode Global: VH5FJ.MV3M

Entry Name: Two Cairns on Fan Foel

Scheduled Date: 11 May 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1647

Cadw Legacy ID: BR275

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanddeusant

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of two burial cairns, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) which are located within sight of each other in a prominent position on the ridge of Fan Foel. Both are circular mounds, measuring 16m and 11m in diameter. The northern cairn is thought to have undergone antiquarian investigations, the other appears undisturbed.

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 be 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. It is two circles, both with a diameter of 24m, centred on the cairns.

Source: Cadw

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