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The Stone River

Natural Rock Feature


Visited 15th April 2003: This is the strangest natural feature I've seen in a while. It's a long narow curving band of scattered rocks, stretching from the Carn Menyn Chambered Cairn down into the valley. From a distance it looks river like (and a bit alien) winding it's way down from the Preseli ridge. I pinched the name 'Stone River' from the book Prehistoric Preseli by N.P. Figgis.

I'm usually a bit sceptical about the connection between 'natural' sites and artificial prehistoric sites, but this one left me relatively certain that it was of significance to the people who erected the Preseli sites. The fact that the Carn Menyn Cairn was built directly at the head of this feature makes this likely. From Bedd Arthur the river can be seen stretching away from majesty of Carn Meini, down towards the flat fertile land where Gors Fawr is sited. The river is also very easy to see from below (e.g. from the Rhos Fach Standing Stones), like an arrow pointing to Carn Meini.

There's another photo of the Stone River, taken from Bedd Arthur, under the Carn Menyn Chambered Cairn section, as well as some shots of the cairn showing the beginning of the river.

This feature is strangely un-sung!
Kammer Posted by Kammer
12th June 2003ce
Edited 4th August 2003ce

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