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Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 5608 Trust : Dyfed Community : Blaenrheidol Unitary authority : Ceredigion NGR : SN73738474 Site Type (preferred type first) : Bronze Age Round Barrow Status : Scheduled Monument
Summary : A scheduled Bronze Age round barrow which has been excavated. The barrow was opened in 1937 by Alfred R. Jenkins, The Garage, Ponterwyd and J.W Smith, who produced a sketch of the barrow. They uncovered two wooden "dug-outs" and a "Food Vessel." These were probably coffins. The largest was 2.5m long and may have been an inhumation coffin, the body having been placed upon it for burial. The smaller dug-out held a cremation burial, which was accompanied by a number of grave goods, namely a food vessel & flint blade. C14 dates have been taken from the wooden dug-outs. The larger was dated to c.1900BC and the smaller to c.1350BC. It seems that the inhumation burial was the first to be made,when the barrow was created, with the cremation burial being added some 600 years later. This may confirm the trend away from inhumation burial to cremation burial during the Bronze Age period. The coffins and the food vessel are preserved at the National Museum of Wales, but the cremation and flint knife have been lost. A piece of animal fur that had been placed over the cremation and its grave good was not preserved.