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Maen Ceti

Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech


When we visited this burial chamber we took a bus from Swansea to Reynoldston village (just down Road). Anyway talking to the driver he said that people have called it Arthur's Stone mistakenly. Apparantley it used to be known as the 'Arth' Stone, 'arth' meaning 'bear' in Welsh. He also said that the chamber has an allignment with the great bear constellation and this is the reason for the name.

I do not know if it is alligned to the great bear or not but it would be interseting to find out. It is intresting that the burial chamber is kind of 'bear' like. It has a massive cap stone like a big body with these small stumpy legs!
matt saze Posted by matt saze
7th February 2005ce

Comments (1)

So Arthur is bear. The Great Bear is called Arthur's Wain which is followed round the sky (in the North) by Bootes 'The Bear Driver' whose brightest star is Arcturus. Arctur means North. I think myself that Arthur also means North, I think that at least some of the sites bearing the name Arthur are so named because they are to the North of the places they were viewed from. What do you think? Posted by Crazy M
13th July 2012ce
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