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Two Round Barrows 180m North West of Wentwood Lodge

A Scheduled Monument in Shirenewton (Drenewydd Gelli-farch), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.6468 / 51°38'48"N

Longitude: -2.8444 / 2°50'39"W

OS Eastings: 341673

OS Northings: 194560

OS Grid: ST416945

Mapcode National: GBR JD.7F70

Mapcode Global: VH7B2.NV4Y

Entry Name: Two Round Barrows 180m North West of Wentwood Lodge

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2399

Cadw Legacy ID: MM167

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Shirenewton (Drenewydd Gelli-farch)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of two earthen built round barrows, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The barrows are situated close together on the summit of the Wentwood ridge in an open clearing in forestry. The E barrow is the largest, measuring 22m in diameter and 2.5m high. It is circular with a flattened top and is grass-covered. The W barrows measures 17m in diameter and 1.8m high and is circular with a flattish top. It is also grass-covered.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Barrows 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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