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Two Round Cairns on the Bryn

A Scheduled Monument in Llanbradach and Pwllypant (Llanbradach a Phwll-y-pant), Caerphilly (Caerffili)

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Latitude: 51.6102 / 51°36'36"N

Longitude: -3.2482 / 3°14'53"W

OS Eastings: 313664

OS Northings: 190890

OS Grid: ST136908

Mapcode National: GBR HV.9MPX

Mapcode Global: VH6DL.NS5H

Entry Name: Two Round Cairns on the Bryn

Scheduled Date: 26 October 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3286

Cadw Legacy ID: GM463

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)

Community: Llanbradach and Pwllypant (Llanbradach a Phwll-y-pant)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of two burial cairns, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC).

Cairn A - This cairn is 25m in diameter and 2m high. A large excavation crater 9m across is located within the centre of the cairn with a side slab of cist partially exposed in the bottom.

Cairn B - This is a ring cairn measuring 13.5m in diameter by 0.5m high.

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 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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