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Whilgarn Ring Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Llandysiliogogo, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.142 / 52°8'31"N

Longitude: -4.2691 / 4°16'8"W

OS Eastings: 244818

OS Northings: 251724

OS Grid: SN448517

Mapcode National: GBR DH.7CPZ

Mapcode Global: VH3K4.YFFB

Entry Name: Whilgarn Ring Cairn

Scheduled Date: 22 June 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1541

Cadw Legacy ID: CD165

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llandysiliogogo

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a ring cairn, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The cairn consists of a setting of stones surrounded by a circular earth and stone bank with an external ditch.

Although the site has sustained some damage it still retains much of its archaeological integrity in an area which has been subject to considerable agricultural activity. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Ring cairns may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be 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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