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Y Domen Fawr round cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Tredegar, Blaenau Gwent

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Latitude: 51.757 / 51°45'25"N

Longitude: -3.2095 / 3°12'34"W

OS Eastings: 316612

OS Northings: 207170

OS Grid: SO166071

Mapcode National: GBR HW.0KDQ

Mapcode Global: VH6D1.B33F

Entry Name: Y Domen Fawr round cairn

Scheduled Date: 26 July 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4209

Cadw Legacy ID: GM588

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Round cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Blaenau Gwent

Community: Tredegar

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a large burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and is situated on the north-east side of a prominent ridge on Cefn Manmoel. The stone-built cairn is roughly circular on plan and measures about 12m in diameter and up to 1m in height. A small rectangular brick and concrete structure (probably a pillbox or observation post dating from WWII) has been inserted into its north-west side. However, the remainder of the cairn is substantially intact. The cairn commands fine views over the valley to the east.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The well-preserved 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.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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