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Waun y Gwair Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Vaynor (Y Faenor), Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8015 / 51°48'5"N

Longitude: -3.3401 / 3°20'24"W

OS Eastings: 307689

OS Northings: 212276

OS Grid: SO076122

Mapcode National: GBR YR.XN3Y

Mapcode Global: VH6CL.2Z2C

Entry Name: Waun y Gwair Cairn

Scheduled Date: 5 March 2001

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1671

Cadw Legacy ID: BR278

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Community: Vaynor (Y Faenor)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) which is intervisible with other cairns to the north. The cairn measures 8m in diameter and stands to a height of 1m and although a central hollow suggests some past disturbance most of the cairn is intact.

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. It is a circle with a diameter of 18m, centred on the cairn.

Source: Cadw

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