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PARK CWM TUMULUS. 197 "Case No. 4 contains those of four individuals. This case possesses nothing of any note. " Case No. 5 contains those of two individuals. These bones appear to me to be of far greater antiquity than any of the others, and seem to have been a distinct interment, probably male and female. " Judging from the various stages of decay in some of the other cases, I am strongly of opinion that the interments took place at different intervals. " I remain, dear Sir, yours faithfully, " (Signed) D. Morton Douglas, " M.R.C.P., M.R.C.S.L." I have but little to add to the concise and lucid account of the Park Cwm Cairn by my friend Sir John Lubbock, printed in the Archceologia Cambrensis, 4th Series, Vol. ii, p. 168, and Dr. Douglas' report on the human remains found therein, which follows Sir J. Lub¬ bock's paper. The numbers given to the chambers in those two reports do not agree, and it is well that I should explain them. No. 3 in Dr. Douglas' report is the central passage which contained the remains of ten individuals. No number is assigned to this passage by Sir J. Lubbock. Nos. 1 and 2 coincide in both papers. Dr. Douglas' 4 and 5 correspond with Sir J. Lubbock's 3 and 4. Before the Cairn was opened, it simply appeared to be a heap of stones with a few bushes and. old trees about it, as at present. I think the top of only one of the upright stones, viz,, the large stone to the right, or east, appeared above the loose stones which covered the whole of the chambers. I am quite convinced that no covering stones were used. The extreme irregu¬ larity of the top of the upright stones forbids the idea that they were ever intended to carry covering stones. Moreover, no vestige of such stones was found ; and it is unreasonable to suppose that any one would have taken the trouble to carry them all away. I would