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BEDD TALIESIN

Site Details




NPRN
303607
Map Reference
SN69SE
Grid Reference
SN67149121
Unitary (Local) Authority
Ceredigion
Old County
Cardiganshire
Community
Ceulanamaesmawr
Type of Site
CAIRN
Broad Class
RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY
Period
Early Medieval, Bronze Age

Site Description

Bedd Taliesin is situated on a level shelf below a craggy hill to the SE, an asymmetrical cairn, 12m NNE-SSW by 13m, showing elements of an apparent kerb, c.6.0m in diameter, having a ruinous cist, 2.0m by 0.5m, a displaced capstone, 1.75m by 1.1m lying to the N: the burial place of Taliesin, a large skull was recovered before c.1800.

(source: Briggs 1994 (Cardigan County Hist. I), 177-9, fig37.4)
J.Wiles 21.07.2004

Visited in low autumn sunlight on 15th October 2005. Low light reveals historic inscribed graffiti covering the entirety of the surface of the capstone. In places the graffiti is covered with subsequent lichen growth. This constitutes an important component of the site's later history.

T. Driver 2005/10/17
  
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