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BEDD-Y-BRENIN, CAIRN AND CIST

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NPRN 302833

Map Reference SH61SW

Grid Reference SH6343811484

Unitary (Local) Authority Gwynedd

Old County Merioneth

Community Arthog

Type of Site CAIRN

Broad Class RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY

Period Prehistoric

Site Description The mutilated ruins of a cairn stand upon a saddle between two mountains at the head of Cwm-llwyd. It is near circular, some 18-19.5m across and survives up to 1.2m high. It is crossed by a comparatively recent sheep shelter wall. The cairn was dug into in 1851, when a cist or slab chamber, 0.9m by 0.7m and 0.5m deep was uncovered. This contained fragments of human bone and had been covered by a 2.0m by 0.9m capstone. In 1851 'sheperd-huts' were observed around the base of the cairn. The cairn was already robbed. The shelter wall is built over the displaced capstone and so must post-date the excavation.

Source: Wynne foulkes in Archaeologia Cambrensis New Series III (1852), 96-9

John Wiles, RCAHMW, 22 February 2008

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