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Tyddyn Bleiddyn Burial Chamber

A Scheduled Monument in Cefnmeiriadog, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.2398 / 53°14'23"N

Longitude: -3.4888 / 3°29'19"W

OS Eastings: 300734

OS Northings: 372458

OS Grid: SJ007724

Mapcode National: GBR 4Z2Z.GB

Mapcode Global: WH65H.CTWM

Entry Name: Tyddyn Bleiddyn Burial Chamber

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3791

Cadw Legacy ID: DE007

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Chambered long cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Cefnmeiriadog

Traditional County: Denbighshire

Description

The monument consists of the remains of a chambered long cairn, dating to early Neolithic (c. 4,200BC - 3,000BC). A long cairn is a roughly rectangular or trapezoidal mound of stone, usually between 25m and 120m long, with a length exceeding twice its greatest width. The mound may be edged with a timber or stone revetment, and they contain one or more stone or wooden burial chambers at one end.

The monument consists of the fragmentary remains of a chambered cairn located within a field which slopes gently from the northeast to the southwest overlooking the Elwy Valley. The cairn takes the form of an irregular mound which measures 26m along its long axis which is orientated from the northwest to the southeast; it is 11m in width and up to a maximum of 0.5m in height. Within the mound are three hollows, of which two contain rubble or upright stones. The hollow at the north western end of the cairn reveals ten upright stones which enclose a chamber c. 2.5m in length and 0.6m in depth.

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. Chambered long 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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