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Cwalca Cairnfield

Cairn(s)

Fieldnotes

An excellent and unexpected gem of a site. Visited 1.5.2010 on a walk between Garn Caws and Carreg Waun Llech. There are two cairns shown on the OS map, which, approached from the west appear prominently on a local ridge, with the dramatic backdrop of the Black Mountains behind.

The two cairns themselves are in decent condition, although the fact that the north-eastern one is a small ring cairn is obscured by the stones piled in its centre.

The unexpected treat comes to the east, where the OS map shows nothing. In fact there are a huge number of small cairns (I counted over 20, but Coflein indicates that there are over 40). As I hadn't researched the site before coming, I knew nothing about these, but they are unmistakeably small cairns, presumably Bronze Age. They sit on a NE facing shelf, under which sit the lovely Carreg Waun Llech standing stone. The stone is not visible from the cairn field, nor can the cairns be seen from the stone.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
15th May 2010ce

Comments (2)

Hi SC , this site looks like it might be a collection of clearance cairns rather than burials . They are not uncommon and could be later than BA too . tiompan Posted by tiompan
15th May 2010ce
Yes, that seems quite possible as they're all very small. The two main cairns are very likely Bronze Age though, whether the smaller ones are or not. It was still great to come across though, as the OS map shows nothing. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th May 2010ce
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