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Twyn Yr Oerfel

Round Barrow(s)

Nearest Town:Caerphilly (5km SSW)
OS Ref (GB):   ST18119069 / Sheet: 171
Latitude:51° 36' 30.81" N
Longitude:   3° 10' 57.72" W

Added by CARL

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See directions for Twyn Cae-Hugh Barrow.
These two Barrows are a lot closer to the cattle grid and only require a short walk.

Twyn-Yr-Oerfel (A)
This is the first of the two Barrows you come to.
This is a great spot for a Barrow and the views are excellent.
The Barrow is grass covered with a small amount of gorse and ferns.
Several stones stick out of the grass within the central depression.

COFLEIN states:
’11m in diameter and 1.5m high. At the centre is an excavation hollow 3m across and 0.5m deep’.

Twyn-Yr-Oerfel (B)
A little further along the track from Barrow (A)
This Barrow is in a sorry state.
There are clear tyre tracks right over the Barrow and a great deal of damage is being caused.
Already a large depression has been made and many of the stones constructing the Barrow have been revealed and dislodged.
This area is clearly used by ‘off road’ bikes etc and I am afraid to say this Barrow is bearing the brunt if it.
I will be looking to see who I can report this destruction to and hopefully prevent further damage? It is sad that a prehistoric monument is being treated this way.

COFLEIN states:
‘Constructed on a small rocky outcrop, cairn 16m in diameter and 2m high. Central disturbance indicates its slab construction’.
Posted by CARL
28th August 2012ce