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Standing Stone / Menhir


I contacted Cambria Archaeology (Dyfed Archaeological Trust) to check up on their records for Llwyn-on-Fach, because nobody else seems to list it. They sent me a response by email, including this description of the stone by someone with the initials GW, alluding to metal rings fixed to the stone (no longer there):
It lies on level ground in pasture now used as a caravan site. An elongated, tapering stone 1.8m high and 0.6 x 0.3m across max, and leaning at an angle. Attached to it are broken metal rings for hanging a gate. It makes no sense as a gate-post in relation to modern field boundaries (which are unchanged since the 1st edition 25" map). It is very possibly on old gate-post re-erected in its present position as a pseudo standing stone.
GW. 1995.
The person who emailed this to me seemed more inclined to think that the stone might be a Bronze Age standing stone adapted for use as a gatepost, rather than a gatepost mistaken for a standing stone. Based on what I've seen I agree with him. It's ridiculously large for a gatepost.

The Cambria Archaeology chap pointed out possible evidence for Bronze Age activity in the area from the local place names. The name of the nearby village Llaingarreglwyd translates as narrow strip of land of the grey stone and the name Ty Carn belonging to a nearby cottage means Cairn House.
Kammer Posted by Kammer
17th January 2003ce
Edited 15th August 2003ce

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