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RHYD UCHAF, CAIRN

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NPRN 84539

Map Reference SN91NW

Grid Reference SN92641896

Unitary (Local) Authority Powys

Old County Brecknockshire

Community Maescar

Type of Site ROUND CAIRN

Broad Class Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Period Bronze Age

Site Description 1. A round cairn is located towards the head of the Llia valley, ground rising to the north, east and west. The cairn measures 11.5m in diameter and has a maximum height of 0.4m. The remains comprise a ring of partially turf-covered stones, about 2.5m width, sloping outwards with a ragged inner edge. The hummocky interior has a scatter of loose stones and there is a small heap of stones against the south-east side. It is probably a badly robbed round cairn though its proximity to a nearby ring feature (below) suggests the possibility that it is a ring cairn.

Survey revealed that the cairn lies in a precise geometrical relationship with a nearby standing stone (Maen Llia), a concentric embanked enclosure and (between all three) a platform
[NPRNs 84541, 84544 & 84549 respectively].
David Leighton, RCAHMW, November 1984

2. Adjacent to the mound, on its east side, is what appears to be a stone ring exposed by shrinkage of peaty topsoil in dry weather. When seen the ring comprised a discontinuous arc of earthfast, edge-set slabs barely protruding through the turf. If continuous it would form a circle of about 3m diameter. The stones are most obvious on the north side of the presumed circle. They are, however, prone to renewed overgrowth. (recent discovery by Andrew Davies, Abergavenny)

David Leighton, RCAHMW, 22 September 2010

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