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Site Details

NPRN 306725

Map Reference SJ08SE

Grid Reference SJ08668015

Unitary (Local) Authority Flintshire

Old County Flintshire

Community Trelawnyd and Gwaenysgor

Type of Site CAIRN

Broad Class Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Period Neolithic

Site Description Gop Cairn is a titanic cairn, 75-80m in diameter and 12m high, centrally disturbed.
It was explored in 1886-7 by a central shaft and drifts and faunal remains only were encountered.

It is traditionally a beacon site.

J.Wiles 15.10.2002

The Gop Cairn is Wales’ largest prehistoric monument and only surpassed in size by the prehistoric mounds of Silbury Hill and the Marlborough Mount in southern England. It commands a mighty vista from its elevated limestone plateau on the north coast of Wales, close to Prestatyn. A shaft sunk to its centre in the nineteenth century shed little light on its original purpose but it was clearly a place of enormous significance. The Gop Cave in the foreground has produced human skeletons, prehistoric flints and pottery. (Extract from the forthcoming 'Historic Wales from the Air', RCAHMW, 2012).

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