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Mynydd Rhiw (Barrow / Cairn Cemetery) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Mynydd Rhiw</b>Posted by caealun

Knocknaneirk SW (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Knocknaneirk SW</b>Posted by caealun<b>Knocknaneirk SW</b>Posted by caealun

Gwal-y-Filiast (Burial Chamber) — Images

<b>Gwal-y-Filiast</b>Posted by caealun

Bryn Cader Faner (Cairn(s)) — News

Bryn Cader Faner - Vandalised?

Copy of tweet submitted by Rhys Mwyn @therealrhysmwyn on the 30/05/14:

No words can express my anger at the idiots that have damaged Bryn Cader Faner by erecting a stone in the middle.

Bryn Cader Faner (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Bryn Cader Faner</b>Posted by caealun

Carn Fawr (Round Cairn) — Images

<b>Carn Fawr</b>Posted by caealun<b>Carn Fawr</b>Posted by caealun

Cwm Moch (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Cwm Moch</b>Posted by caealun<b>Cwm Moch</b>Posted by caealun

Garw Fynydd (Cairn(s)) — Fieldnotes

A very round cairn mostly grassed over. There are a few indentations in the centre that could be the result of collapsed cists.

The stone in the foreground could be an outlier.

Cadw lists it as being religious, ritual and funerary, but also tells us that it known locally as 'The Cock Pit', could this be a later development/use of a convenient small round enclosure?

Garw Fynydd (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Garw Fynydd</b>Posted by caealun

Tarrenhendre (Round Cairn) — Images

<b>Tarrenhendre</b>Posted by caealun

Blawearie Cairn (Kerbed Cairn) — Images

<b>Blawearie Cairn</b>Posted by caealun<b>Blawearie Cairn</b>Posted by caealun

Castell Caer Seion (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Castell Caer Seion</b>Posted by caealun<b>Castell Caer Seion</b>Posted by caealun

Llawlech (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Llawlech</b>Posted by caealun<b>Llawlech</b>Posted by caealun

North Yorkshire — News

'Don't desecrate the chieftain's grave'

Article in the 'Craven Herald & Pioneer'- March 23 2009

Modern cairns built by Dales hikers will be dismantled this weekend under plans to preserve a Bronze Age chieftain's burial site.

The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has organised the initiative after expressing fears that walkers have unwittingly used rocks from the ancient burial mound to build new landmarks.

Now local archaeologist Yvonne Luke and Dales volunteers plan to dismantle the cairns and all but one of the windbreaks at Beamsley Beacon, near Bolton Abbey.

Robert White, senior conservation officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, said: "There are problems at a number of historically-important sites in the national park, including Beamsley Beacon.

"During the Bronze Age, some 4,500 years ago, a large stone mound was built there, probably to mark the burial place of a local chieftain and as a boundary marker. "Much of this cairn, now about 11 metres in diameter, still survives, but in recent years it has suffered a lot of disturbance due to people using stones from it to make modern cairns and windbreaks. Another smaller historic cairn lies further along the ridge at Old Pike and that has also lost some of its stones.

"We would urge walkers to resist the temptation to pick up stones and build cairns – wherever they are – because they can unwittingly damage ancient, historically-important sites like this stone mound."

Walkers have always appreciated the good views at Beamsley Beacon. Its name, recorded in 1667, suggests it was used as part of a signalling system using fires. In 1804, during the Napoleonic wars, the beacon was refurbished and a guardhouse was constructed to shelter the beacon keeper.

Unfortunately, the stone foundations of this building are also suffering from modern stone moving.

A temporary poster urging people not to build cairns and explaining why will be put up on the concrete triangulation point and will eventually be replaced by a permanent interpretation panel.

A detailed archaeological survey of the hilltop has been done and Mr White and his team are appealing for old photographs of the site.

Contact Mr White or members of the Historic Environment Team on 0300 456 0030.

Banc Blaenegnant (Round Cairn) — Images

<b>Banc Blaenegnant</b>Posted by caealun

Banc Blaenegnant (Round Cairn) — Fieldnotes

"The cairn is situated on level ground near the head of the Egnant valley at a point where the land begins to fall away fairly steeply down valley to the SW. A mountain pathway passes close by.
The cairn consists of a low mound of mixed grade stones for the most part consolidated with grasses and mosses. The E half of the cairn contains a large proportion of loose rubble. Overall it measures 7.8m (N-S) by 7.3m with a maximum height of 0.35m. The cairn appears to be more-or-less intact and there is no structure visible. The cairn contains a signifcant amount of quartz."

Above is the site description from the RCAHMW website. It was last visited by them on the 29 April 1984.

As is painfully obvious some idiot has used this cairn to create a marker cairn for walkers at the head of the valley! The remains of the original burial cairn are still visible below the pile of stones.

There is a second ring cairn called Graig Wen very close to the north east of this cairn but I was unable to find it this time. At least it's not been converted into a sheep enclosure!

Banc Blaenegnant (Round Cairn) — Images

<b>Banc Blaenegnant</b>Posted by caealun

Nine Stones (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Nine Stones</b>Posted by caealun

Wales (Country) — Links

Meini Meirionnydd

A Welsh web site that has grown out of the publication of the very popular book 'Meini Meirionnydd'. The site is currently under development but will eventually have information in Welsh about the Pre-history monuments of Wales.

Coed Croes (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Coed Croes</b>Posted by caealun<b>Coed Croes</b>Posted by caealun

Cefn Glas (Cairn(s)) — Links

Welsh Prehistoric Sites in Welsh and English

Small site concentrating on prehistoric sites in Wales. Information on each site is provided in both Welsh and English.

Cefn Glas 1 (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Cefn Glas 1</b>Posted by caealun<b>Cefn Glas 1</b>Posted by caealun

Llecheiddior Cairns (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Llecheiddior Cairns</b>Posted by caealun<b>Llecheiddior Cairns</b>Posted by caealun<b>Llecheiddior Cairns</b>Posted by caealun

Tinkinswood (Burial Chamber) — Images

<b>Tinkinswood</b>Posted by caealun

St. Lythans (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>St. Lythans</b>Posted by caealun

Maen Llia (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Maen Llia</b>Posted by caealun<b>Maen Llia</b>Posted by caealun<b>Maen Llia</b>Posted by caealun

Bedd Taliesin (Chambered Cairn) — Images

<b>Bedd Taliesin</b>Posted by caealun<b>Bedd Taliesin</b>Posted by caealun

Afon Disgynfa (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Afon Disgynfa</b>Posted by caealun<b>Afon Disgynfa</b>Posted by caealun

Knocknarea (Cairn(s)) — Images

<b>Knocknarea</b>Posted by caealun

Ffon-y-Cawr (Standing Stone / Menhir) — Images

<b>Ffon-y-Cawr</b>Posted by caealun

Hendre Waelod (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Hendre Waelod</b>Posted by caealun

Y Meini Hirion (Stone Circle) — Images

<b>Y Meini Hirion</b>Posted by caealun

Capel Garmon (Chambered Cairn) — Images

<b>Capel Garmon</b>Posted by caealun

Coldrum (Long Barrow) — Images

<b>Coldrum</b>Posted by caealun

The Countless Stones (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>The Countless Stones</b>Posted by caealun

Kit's Coty (Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech) — Images

<b>Kit's Coty</b>Posted by caealun
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