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Waun Pwtlyn Long Barrow

A Scheduled Monument in Llangadog, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.9177 / 51°55'3"N

Longitude: -3.8787 / 3°52'43"W

OS Eastings: 270885

OS Northings: 226015

OS Grid: SN708260

Mapcode National: GBR Y1.P6KD

Mapcode Global: VH4HZ.Q2B8

Entry Name: Waun Pwtlyn Long Barrow

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2093

Cadw Legacy ID: CM012

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Long barrow

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llangadog

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument consists of the remains of a long barrow. A long barrow is a rectangular or trapezoidal earthen mound of Neolithic date, usually accompanied by flanking or encircling ditches, and normally associated with human remains. Mound construction and associated features vary considerably in type and complexity. The barrow is situated on a low rise among undulating ground on the west side of the Afon Swadde. It consists of a mound of earth and stones measuring about 30m north north east to south south west by up to 20m transversely and has a height of c 1.6m

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual. 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 and environmental and structural evidence, including a buried prehistoric land surface. Long 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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