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Latitude: 52.7807 / 52°46'50"N
Longitude: -3.8607 / 3°51'38"W
OS Eastings: 274593
OS Northings: 321968
OS Grid: SH745219
Mapcode National: GBR 61.XYFH
Mapcode Global: WH56H.NCRL
Entry Name: Tyddyn Bach Round Barrow
Scheduled Date: 11 March 2003
Source ID: 3924
Cadw Legacy ID: ME212
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Round barrow
Community: Brithdir and Llanfachreth (Brithdir a Llanfachreth)
Traditional County: Merionethshire
The monument comprises the remains of an exceptionally large, well-preserved and largely intact round barrow, which probably date to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2050-1500 BC). The monument is some 25m in diameter and 1.6m high and is unusual in a Welsh upland context in comprising a barrow of earth rather than the more usual cairn of stones. In 1873 human bones, a gold ring and a bronze spearhead were found in a stone box or cist" underlying a standing stone at the centre of the mound. The spearhead dates to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2050-1500 BC). The stone was one of only a handful of dated standing stones in Wales and is also one of the earliest.
The site has proven archaeological value and is one of the most important Welsh examples of a standing stone marking a burial of this period. 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 intact ritual and burial deposits
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