Historic Landscape Characterisation
Merthyr Tydfil

073 Mynydd Aberdare

HLCA 73 Mynydd Aberdare Enclosed upland grazing; regular post and wire fenced enclosure; religious, funerary and ritual landscape.

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(Photo: GGAT Merthyr 073)

Mynydd Aberdare character area: enclosed upland landscape.


An enclosed upland landscape characterised by Bronze Age funerary monuments and modern communication masts.

Historical background

The historic landscape area of Mynydd Aberdare is located at the north western edge of the Merthyr Tydfil Historic Landscape, rising to the Mynydd Aberdare ridge. Although mostly open ground, it has a diverse and complex pattern of past land-use. The crest is followed by a series of Bronze Age Cairns, but other evidence of early activity is lacking. In the early post-medieval period, much of the area of the lower slopes was enclosed, and parts of the resulting fieldscape survive, notably north of the A465.


For further information please contact the Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust at this address. Link to the Countryside Council for Wales website at www.ccw.gov.uk or Cadw at www.cadw.wales.gov.uk