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CAIRN NEAR MOUNT PLEASANT ON NEWTON DOWN, OVERLYING NEOLITHIC HOUSE

Site Details




NPRN
307260
Map Reference
SS87NW
Grid Reference
SS83257960
Unitary (Local) Authority
Bridgend
Old County
Glamorgan
Community
Porthcawl
Type of Site
HOUSE, ROUND BARROW
Broad Class
DOMESTIC, RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY
Period
Bronze Age, Neolithic

Site Description
Slight traces of a cairn excavated by H.N. Savory in 1952 discovered an earthern core enclosed by a stony ring 9.1m diameter. A small central pit contained pieces of a small late Bronze Age urn. At the cairn margin was a larger cinerary urn representing a secondary burial. Beneath the cairn, sandstone slab footings of a rectangular hut were discovered c. 5.5m x 2.5 internally, with sherds of western neolithic pottery. This represents an extremely rare Neolithic House. The cairn lies 400m north of the possible Neolithic enclosure of Pant-yr-hyl (NPRN 305437).

T. Driver, RCAHMW, 23rd April 2010. Information from RCAHMW Glamorgan Inventory (1976), Volume I, Part I, site 256, page 82.
  
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