Mound, Llansamlet

Has been described as a Rejected Timber Castle (Motte)

There are earthwork remains

NameMound, Llansamlet
Alternative NamesMynydd Drumau
Historic CountryGlamorgan
Modern AuthorityNeath Port Talbot
1974 AuthorityWest Glamorgan

A grass-covered platform cairn 15.9m (NE-SW) by 14m and 0.6m high with a rifled cist located just W of centre. A field wall aligned NE-SW crosses the mound on the SE. (Coflein)

The monument comprises the remains a burial cairn, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It stands 250m above OD on the ridgeway that runs across the top of Mynydd Drumau. The cairn is circular and measures approximately 15m in diameter and 0.6m high. Near the centre is a slab built cist, the southern slab of which, together with the cover slab is now missing. The cist must originally have been about 1.20m by 0.8m. The site was first recorded by Edward Llwyd in 1695 when it apparently still retained a revetment circle of large stones. An excavation in the early 19th century produced 'a heap of bones and an ancient celt, very much corroded'. (Scheduling Report)

Gatehouse Comments

In Spurgeon list of rejected castles. Seems to be recorded either as round barrow or as a cairn of presumed Bronze Age date.

- Philip Davis

This site is a scheduled monument protected by law

Not Listed

The National Monument Record (Coflein) number(s)
County Historic Environment Record
OS Map Grid ReferenceSN723002
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  • Spurgeon, C.J. with Roberts, D.J. and Thomas, H.J., 1999, 'Supposed Castles in Glamorgan; A review' Archaeology in Wales Vol. 39 27-40