Above. The 'other' excavated cairn, at Peny-Fan. The nearer quadrant is fully excavated, showing the turf mound at the bottom, while in the far quadrant, excavation is still proceeding on the stone capping.
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At Corn Du there was still green grass surviving under the stack, its colour still preserved by the compression of the stone cairn.
1993 but around 50 tons of suitable sandstone will have to be imported, for this is the amount of the monument which has disappeared.
Erosion in the Beacons is a very real problem. The National Trust are doing an excellent job trying to control it. We hope that the reconstructed cairns will be treated with more respect than the originals.
The excavations were funded by The National Trust and CADW: Welsh Historic Monuments with support from Brecon Beacons National Park Authority. Philip Parke, the National Trust Head Warden for SE Wales and his staff were towers of strength throughout the excavations. We are grateful to 666 Squadron, Netheravon, for airlifting our equipment and to an excellent team of diggers who braved a lot of walking, zero visibility, driving rain and 60 mile an hour winds yet always managed to keep smiling.
Alex Gibson Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust 7a Church Street, Welshpool Powys SY21 7DL