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Cairn at Foel Fynyddau

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 00649w
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Community : Cwmavon
NGR : SS7828693598
Site Type (preferred type first) : Bronze Age Cairn
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument

Summary :
A well-marked mound of sandstone blocks and chippings of red sandstone with a little quartzite, mainly <0.2m. A trig point has been built over the S side and a hole dug into the top. 16.7m NW-SE x 15.4m, c0.9m high GGAT 72

Description :
A well-marked mound of sandstone blocks and chippings of red sandstone with a little quartzite, mainly <0.2m. A trig point has been built over the S side and a hole dug into the top. 16.7m NW-SE x 15.4m, c0.9m high GGAT 72 Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Sites survey 2001.

(1964/1976) On the summit of Foel Fynyddau, W of Pont- rhyd-y-fen, at 371m above OD, with extensive views in all directions. A circular cairn, 19.2m in diameter and 0.9m high. Robbing at the centre has resulted in oval hollow, 6.7m by 5.5m and 0.6m deep; the stones within are reddened by fire, possibly from the use of the cairn as a beacon. On the S edge of the hollow is an OS pillar . Stones from the cairn lie scattered on the ground all around. ( Source 03 )

(1977) No change ( Source 05 )

(1982) No change ( Source 06 )

(1986) The cairn is as described. A small enclosure about 3m x 3m with a high fence and a concrete floor lies about 8m to the NE. Starting about 30m to the S is a disturbed area apparently connected with copper working. Two mounds among this disturbance may have been taken for cairns, but their content suggests that they are spurious.
(Source 08 )

(1991) There appears to be only one genuine cairn in this area, that surmounted by the OS pillar. Other mounds nearby appear to be associated with the remains of a flue which ran up the mountain to this point from the copper works in the valley below, they contain recent building materials.( Source 13 )

(1997) The cairn itself appears unchanged. Another enclosure has appeared across the track to the north of it and the aerial to its north east has been altered; an apparently temporary structure was in place at the time of visit. ( Source 14 )

Sources :
Evans, E , 2002 , Prehistoric funerary and ritual sites. Neath Port Talbot and Swansea
01/PM Desc Text/GGAT/1976-7/Annual Report/p28
01/ PM Desc Text/GGAT/1976-7/Annual Report/p28
02//Forest Enterprise Welsh Heritage Assets Project Phase III
14/ MM Desc text/ CADW/ Burnham/ HB/ 1997//
03/ PM list/ RCAHM/// 1976/ Glam Invent/ p 81 No. 250
04/ MM record card/ OS/// 1957/ SS 79 SE 7/
05/ MM record card/ OS/// 1977/ SS 79 SE 7/
06/ MM record card/ OS/// 1982/ SS 79 SE 7/
07/ MM Photo/ GGAT/ Lewis/ W/ 1976//
08/ MM desc text/ CADW/ Burnham/ HB/ 1986/ AM 107/
09/ MM Photo/ GGAT/ Thomas J./ Sept. 1986//
10/ MMAP/ GGAT/ Parkhouse J./ 10.8.87// A 55 29-31, 33
11/ PM Desc text/ Glamorgan County History/ Vol 2/ p 412
12/ MMAP/ GGAT// 1991// A 105 -3
13/ MM desc text/ CADW/ 1991/ AM 107/
Forest Enterprise Welsh Heritage Assets Project Phase III
17/Desc Text/Cadw/ Full Management Report/2006/ Copy in further information file

Events :
E000454 : FOEL FYNYDDAU, PARTIAL EXCAVATION (year : )
E001717 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 2002)
E001718 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 1960)
E001719 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 1986)
E001720 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 1991)
E001721 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 1997)
E001722 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 2005)
E001723 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 2006)
E001724 : Field visit Cairn at Foel Fynyddau (year : 1964)

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