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Fan Frynych

Round Cairn

Fan Frynych (Round Cairn) by GLADMAN The site of the barrow rises on the skyline above what - according to CPAT [PRN 3524] - are the remains of extensive multi-period settlement, possibly/probably(?) prehistoric in origin. The viewpoint is the wonderful Craig Cerrig-Gleisiad.
GLADMAN Image Credit: Robert Gladstone
Posted by GLADMAN
5th May 2011ce
Edited 9th January 2015ce
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Comments (3)

That's a lovely shot. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
6th May 2011ce
Thanks SC. All these upland monuments clearly beg the question 'so where did the people live, then... before the hillforts came?' If you begin to study the 1:25K maps the picture begins to emerge (e.g the occupation within this lovely, sheltered cwm, within nearby Cwm Crew, upon the flanks of Fan Llia etc etc) although it would appear continuity of occupation right into post medieval times often confuses matters, with layer overlaying layer. I guess the original people simply chose the right sites first time of asking. So much for 'empty' mountain landscapes. The cwms would no doubt have echoed to the shouts of children back then. GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
7th May 2011ce
A very evocative comment Mr G. It is far too easy to forget the human habitation that must have surrounded the isolated upland monuments, the true sense of it often needs a visit to somewhere like White Hill or Drizzlecombe on Dartmoor to really bring the point home. The builders of the monuments lived cheek by jowl with "their" dead, much as village cemeteries to this day sit in the heart of the residential landscape. The dead are always with us, as they say. thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
7th May 2011ce
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