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HAFODYGORSWEN, CAIRN S OF

Site Details




NPRN
308030
Map Reference
SH76NW
Grid Reference
SH73366742
Unitary (Local) Authority
Conwy
Old County
Caernarfonshire
Community
Caerhun
Type of Site
CAIRN
Broad Class
RELIGIOUS RITUAL AND FUNERARY
Period
Bronze Age

Site Description
1. A cairn measuring about 7m across has four orthostatic blocks projecting from the cairn mass.

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2. This monument comprises the remains of a complex ring cairn, a ceremonial monument probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 BC ' 800 BC). It is situated in boulder-strewn rough upland grazing on the N bank of the Afon Dulyn and consists of a ring of cairn material surrounding four prominent earthfast stones. The cairn measures about 7m in diameter over a broad ring bank of stones. The ring bank measures about 2m in width and is up to 0.4m in height; it has a partial kerb of large, irregularly placed boulders. There are four large orthostats set in the inner edge of the ring bank, forming a subrectangular setting that is roughly aligned from N to S; the largest of these orthostats measures 1m in height.

The site is reminiscent of the 'four-poster', a type of Bronze Age monument common in Perthshire in Scotland and particularly associated with cremation burials (see, for example, The Four Stones, Walton, Powys). AS such, the site may represent an interesting variant of the embanked stone circle. However, it should probably be considered as a small complex ring cairn, a distinction which is in keeping with local megalithic traditions (see, for example, Moel Goedog ring cairn, Harlech, Gwynedd).<5> (SMR)
GAT SMR, Undated.
  
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