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Waun Llanfair barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfairfechan, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2483 / 53°14'53"N

Longitude: -3.942 / 3°56'31"W

OS Eastings: 270521

OS Northings: 374126

OS Grid: SH705741

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZXW.C8

Mapcode Global: WH544.FM34

Entry Name: Waun Llanfair barrow

Scheduled Date: 10 May 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4068

Cadw Legacy ID: CN351

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Llanfairfechan

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a fine round barrow, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within well-drained open moorland on the summit of a prominent rounded ridge at the NW-facing edge of Waun Llanfair. The grass-covered barrow is circular on plan and measures about 7m in diameter and up to 0.6m in height; a turf-halo surrounds the barrow, visible as a shallow ditch up to 1.5m in width. The site boasts excellent views of the Lavan Sands and Conwy Bay.

The monument is of national importance as an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. The monument retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial or ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence, including traces of a buried prehistoric land surface underneath.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 17m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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