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DISGWYLFA FAWR

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 5608
Trust : Dyfed
Community : Blaenrheidol
NGR : SN73738474
Site Type (preferred type first) : Bronze Age Round Barrow
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument

Summary :
A scheduled Bronze Age round barrow which has been excavated. The barrow was opened in 1937 by Alfred R. jenkins, The Garage, Ponterwyd and JW Smith, who produced a sketch of the barrow. They uncovered two wooden "dug-outs" and a "Food Vessel." These were probably coffins. The largest was 2.5m long and may have been an inhumation coffin,the body having been placed upon it for burial. The smaller dug-out held a cremation burial, which was accompanied by a number of grave goods, namely a food vessel & flint blade. C14 dates have been taken from the wooden dug-outs. The larger was dated to c.1900BC and the smaller to c.1350BC. It seems that the inhumation burial was the first to be made,when the barrow was created, with the cremation burial being added some 600 years later. This may confirm the trend away from inhumation burial to cremation burial during the Bronze Age period. The coffins and the food vessel are preserved at the National Museum of Wales, but the cremation and flint knife have been lost. A piece of animal fur that had been placed over the cremation and its grave good was not preserved.

Description :


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Events :
69428 : DISGWYLFA FAWR, FIELD OBSERVATION, 1965 (year : 1965)
87177 : DISGWYLFA FAWR, PARTIAL EXCAVATION, 1937 (year : 1937)
90605 : DISGWYLFA FAWR, FIELD OBSERVATION, 1978 (year : 1978)
91879 : DISGWYLFA FAWR, FIELD OBSERVATION, 1993 (year : 1993)
92553 : DISGWYLFA FAWR, FIELD OBSERVATION, 2000 (year : 2000)

Related PRNs : 47179


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October 23, 2014, 10:07 am - File produced for Archwilio from the Dyfed Historic Environment Record:
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