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<b>Trefael</b>Posted by postmanImage © Chris Bickerton
Nearest Town:Cardigan (10km NE)
OS Ref (GB):   SN10294028 / Sheet: 145
Latitude:52° 1' 40.63" N
Longitude:   4° 45' 56.4" W

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Trefael Stone burial site 'much older than previously thought'

Fascinating news from Wales.....

A ritual burial site in Pembrokeshire may have been in use 10,000 years ago - almost twice as far back as expected, said archaeologists.

The Trefael Stone near Nevern was reclassified as a Stone Age burial chamber after its capstone was studied... continues...
moss Posted by moss
13th January 2014ce

Trefael Stone reveals stone age burial chamber

More news though not necessarily new, the BBC article has a good couple of photos though.

Archaeologists are to exhume and analyse human bones found under a prehistoric monument only recently identified as a burial site cap... continues...
moss Posted by moss
24th May 2012ce
Edited 24th May 2012ce

Secrets of the earliest Britons could be hidden in 5,000-year-old tomb

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a Neolithic portal dolmen, one of Western Europe's oldest ritual burial chambered monuments, in an isolated field in Wales.

It is thought the tomb was built from giant boulders about 5,500 years ago... continues...
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
10th April 2012ce
Edited 10th April 2012ce

Standing stone may have guided the ancients through 'sacred landscape'

A solitary stone in a windswept Welsh field has helped shed light on how our neolithic ancestors came together in worship thousands of years ago.

A recent excavation programme at a standing stone known as Trefael, near Newport in Pembrokeshire, has revealed at least two unique episodes in its early history... continues...
baza Posted by baza
1st December 2010ce
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A visit with a couple of differences.
As I approached the field that contains this cup marked stone I was slowed down by a funeral prosession walking slowly up the road, they eventually passed into the field next door to the one I wanted and I passed them by, parking at the end of Cwmgloyne farm lane.
I walked back down the road to the gate, I could see the stone at the other end of the field near another gate but I could also see a herd of young cows, as soon as I was in the field with the gate closed behind me they all rushed over far too quickly I got out sharpish.
I walked down the road a bit more and found the stile into the field, once over the stile they saw me and came over to resume the meet and greet
another sharp exit.
What to do ? I wasnt going to let Mcdonalds wannabes get the better of me.
I walked into the field the funeral procession had entered in the hope of making it to the other gate that the stone was next to, the funaraleers had congregated in the next field over and were obviously doing the deed.
I tried my best to melt into the scenery and two fences later I was in the field with the gate, Harry Secombe was doing his level best to be heard in heaven and was doing really well. I slowly and silently approached the gate, the cupmarked stone was about 10metres away and the stoopid cows were way over there.
I swallowed heavily and entered the arena camera at the ready, they wouldnt give me long with my metamorphic friend.
Three speedy pictures and they were on to me, god cows can move quick, as I locked the gate I felt hot breath on my cheek. Hah, I beat you,
would a cow feel an empty pop bottle hit upon its head, I liked to think so. All this accompanied by loud Welsh funeral music made it a really bizzare stone hunt, but very enjoyable.
postman Posted by postman
23rd September 2009ce
Edited 16th October 2011ce


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A large tilted slab whose upper surface swarms with cupmarks.

Coflein not giving much away again, race you to it.
postman Posted by postman
21st September 2009ce


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Current Archaeology

A project to record the prehistoric decoration on the supposedly Bronze Age Trefael stone has revealed the deliberate cannibalisation of an earlier Neolithic monument, and an 8,000 -year focus of human activity. George Nash, Adam Stanford, Carol James, and Thomas Wellicome explain.
moss Posted by moss
21st February 2013ce
Edited 21st February 2013ce

Welsh Rock Art Organisation

Trefael Portal tomb - 2010 Excavation
moss Posted by moss
10th April 2012ce
Edited 11th April 2012ce

Past Horizons

New discoveries at Trefael Stone in Wales

The Trefael Stone, standing in a large rectangular field north of the village of Nevern in west Pembrokeshire, until 2010, was considered to be a standing stone, one of a number that occupy this ancient landscape. Used as a cattle rubbing stone, it measures around 1.2 m in height and over 2 m in length and has on its southern face up to 75 cupmarks.
fitzcoraldo Posted by fitzcoraldo
10th April 2012ce
Edited 10th April 2012ce