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Two Round Barrows north east of Harpton Court

A Scheduled Monument in Old Radnor (Pencraig), Powys

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Latitude: 52.233 / 52°13'58"N

Longitude: -3.1129 / 3°6'46"W

OS Eastings: 324092

OS Northings: 260009

OS Grid: SO240600

Mapcode National: GBR F1.1JGM

Mapcode Global: VH777.046H

Entry Name: Two Round Barrows NE of Harpton Court

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2586

Cadw Legacy ID: RD048

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Old Radnor (Pencraig)

Traditional County: Radnorshire


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 circular in shape on plan and have rounded profiles. The western barrow, Barrow A, is also known as the Crossway Barrow. It is c.1.6m high and now measures c.25m north-north-west to south-south-east by c.21m, although it was probably originally round. The eastern barrow, also known as Harpton Court Barrow, is c.25m in diameter and c.1.6m high. Neither barrow has any obvious trace of a ditch.

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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