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|Ynys Hir Cairn, Mynydd Epynt
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|A round cairn with an inner stone ring, a simple outer delineating stone circle, and a kerb, the body of the mound being piled up turf scraped probably from the now flattish surrounding area. The central burial was in a pit, 0.75m square and 0.6m deep below the old ground surface. The pit was covered by a sandstone slab wedged in two places, and contained a top filling of loose soil with much charcoal, below which a deposit of burnt bones was in a pile mixed with fine charcoal and a few large pieces. There were no associated finds, and no evidence of the sex or age of the individual.
The stone ring was an irregularly built broad band around the central part of the cairn, and was built over pit spoil. The ground between the burial pit and the stone circle was compacted. Charcoal had been scattered on the old ground surface to the north, north east, south west and south, before the stone ring was built. Some of the scattered charcoal had fallen on the stone circle at the south and west.
A secondary burial was immediately outside the stone circle to the east north east. Under a stone slab was a neat circular pit, with rounded bottom, and slightly undercut, 0.3m across at the top. The deposit was similar to that of the central burial, but accompanied by a flint knife, fragments of a conical pottery cup of pygmy type, a flint flake, anthracite beads, a pottery bead and small pieces of woven material partly carbonised. The burial was of a young person of indeterminable sex. Charcoal was scattered by the burial and at the west south west side outside the stone ring. At the east north east kerb edge there was a gap and thin slabs replaced the boulders, exactly opposite the secondary burial, leaning against the margin of the turf mound, filling the gap and extending each side of it.
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