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Rhos y Clegyrn

Standing Stone / Menhir


Whilst the recent archaeology describes a pair of stones, the OS map of 1843 calls it 'Circle', with later editions saying 'Standing Stone' and 'Circle'.

Whilst this initially suggests a stone circle to the enthusiastic and optimistic megalithomaniac, I think it actually refers to the adjacent tumulus. They are so close as to appear to be a single monument, especially to earlier cartographers with their lesser knowledge of prehistoric chronology. The same area denoted as 'Standing Stone' and 'Circle' is now 'Standing Stone' and 'Tumulus'; it must just be that the stone was omitted from the 1843 map.

The site was apparently featured in Archaeologia Cambrensis 1974 (p.13-42), and also the Royal Commission on Ancient Monuments (p.378 of Pembroke), but I've not seen either of these documents so I've no idea if they definitively clear the matter up.
Posted by Merrick
7th September 2004ce

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