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Harold Stone (Skomer)

Standing Stone / Menhir

<b>Harold Stone (Skomer)</b>Posted by EarthstepperImage © Earthstepper
Nearest Town:Milford Haven (18km E)
OS Ref (GB):   SM734097 / Sheet: 157
Latitude:51° 44' 22.56" N
Longitude:   5° 16' 57.01" W

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Harold Stone, Skomer

Period: Unknown

An erect monolith, 1.7m high by 0.8 by 0.5m: one of several stones in SW Wales bearing the same name, which seems to derive from Gerald of Wales, who said that the stones were erected by Earl Harold to commemorate his victories over the Welsh in 1063: the relation between this stone and the extensive settlement remains on the island is unclear.

Source: J Wiles 23.05.02 Royal Commision AHM Wales

Whether ancient or not, it certainly is enigmatic on a foggy day!
matt saze Posted by matt saze
14th August 2006ce

This stone is not on the map so may be modern, but there are no less than four early settlements on this tiny island with numerous hut circles and a promontory fort. RSPB reserve with access by launch from Martins Haven.

I cannot quite remember the exact location as I photographed it while running from a ferocious thunderstorm. Some of the early settlements may be monastic. Local name for this stone is "John's" stone. Perhaps it is just a cattle scratchpost.
Earthstepper Posted by Earthstepper
4th September 2003ce


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". It is therefore safe to assume that this stone is also a Bronze Age monument, marking a burial (in a cremation urn) or an area of now concealed ritual and funerary activity"
moss Posted by moss
7th October 2014ce
Edited 10th October 2014ce