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Gwynedd

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Sites/Groups in this region:

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Aberglaslyn West, Bwlch Golau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
7 posts
Aberglaslyn west, Cwm Cyd Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Abersoch Mesolithic forest Mesolithic site
28 posts
Allt Lwyd Cairn(s)
18 posts
Anafon Valley cairns Cairn(s)
32 posts
Aran Fawddwy Round Cairn
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Arenig Fach Round Cairn
29 posts
Arthog Standing Stones Ring Cairn
63 posts
Bachwen Burial Chamber Chambered Tomb
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Bardsey Island Island
22 posts
Bedd y Brenin Round Cairn
7 posts
Betws Fawr Standing Stone / Menhir
17 posts
Bodfan Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bronheulog Chambered Cairn
12 posts
Bron-llety-Ifan Cup Marked Stone
26 posts
Bron y Foel Isaf Burial Chamber
6 posts
Bryniau'r Tyddyn Standing Stone / Menhir
19 posts
Bryn-y-Castell Hillfort
92 posts
Bryn Cader Faner Cairn(s)
20 posts
Bryn Castell Hillfort
8 posts
Bryn Cau Cairn(s)
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Bryn Seward settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
25 posts
Bryn Seward Stones Stone Row / Alignment
23 posts
Bwlch ym Mhwll-le (Llefn) Cairn(s)
5 posts
Bwlch y Rhiwgyr Cairn(s)
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Cadair Gawrdaf Christianised Site
8 posts
Cader Ellyll Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
11 posts
Caerberllan Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
35 posts
Caer-Dyni Burial Chamber
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Caer Carreg-y-fran Hillfort
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Caer Eini Hillfort
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Cae'r Mynach Cairn(s)
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Caer Pencraig (Ty'n y Caeau) Hillfort
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Cairn below Pared y Cefn hir Cairn(s)
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Cairn N of Moel Wnion Cairn(s)
9 posts
Cairn SW of Carnedd Dafydd Cairn(s)
3 posts
Cairn, S of llyn Caerwych Cairn(s)
16 posts
3 sites
Cairn, upon a woodland saddle Round Cairn
1 post
Camp Hill (Bangor) Hillfort
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Capel Maethlon Round Barrow(s)
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Capel Tan-y-Foel Standing Stone / Menhir
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Carneddau Hengwm Cairn(s)
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Carnedd-y-Filiast Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Dafydd Cairn(s)
1 post
Carnedd Howell Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Llewelyn Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Moel y Ci Cairn(s)
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Carnedd y Saeson Cairn(s)
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Carn Fadryn Hillfort
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Carn March Arthur Natural Rock Feature
26 posts
Carreg y Big (Arthog) Standing Stone / Menhir
11 posts
Castell Odo Hillfort
21 posts
Castell y Gaer (Llangelynin) Hillfort
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Cefn Caer Euni Circles Ring Cairn
Cefn Coch (Dolbenmaen) Stone Circle (Destroyed)
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Cefn Ddwysarn Camp Hillfort
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Cefn Graenog Cairn I Cairn(s)
2 posts
Cefn Graenog Cairn II Cairn(s)
30 posts
Cefn Isaf Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
27 posts
Cerrig Arthur Stone Circle
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1 site
Cerrig y Cledd Standing Stone / Menhir
20 posts
Cist Cerrig Burial Chamber
7 posts
Coed-y-Bedo Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
21 posts
Coed Aber round house Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
7 posts
Coed Creigiau-Cathod Standing Stone / Menhir
2 posts
Coed Croes Cairn(s)
4 posts
Coed y Brain Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Coety Bach Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cors y Gedol Burial Chamber
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Craig-y-Dinas Hillfort
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Craig-y-Llyn (Cadair Idris) Round Cairn
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Craig-yr-Aderyn Hillfort
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Craig Cwmbychan Round Cairn
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Craig Cwm-Silyn Round Cairn
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Craig yr Aderyn cairn Cairn(s)
31 posts
Craig y Castell Hillfort
13 posts
Craig y Castell North Hillfort
37 posts
Craig y Dinas Hillfort
20 posts
Craig y Dinas Cairnfield Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
19 posts
1 site
Cras Cairn(s)
7 posts
Creigiau Gwineu Hillfort
8 posts
Cwm Caseg, Carneddau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
6 posts
Cwm Croesor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
16 posts
Cwm Ffrydlas, Carneddau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
3 posts
Cwm Gafr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
1 post
Cwm Main Cairn(s)
1 post
Cwm Mawr Stone Circle (Destroyed)
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Cwm Mawr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
2 posts
Cwm Moch Cairn(s)
8 posts
4 sites
Cwm Ystradllwyn Standing Stones
14 posts
Dinas [Beddgelert] Hillfort
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Dinas Dinlle Cliff Fort
8 posts
Dinas Dinorwig Hillfort
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Dinas Emrys Hillfort
8 posts
Dinas Oleu Hillfort
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Dinas, Porth Iago Promontory Fort
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Dinas Ty-Du Hillfort
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Dinas (Y Felinheli) Promontory Fort
6 posts
Dolddeuli Standing Stone / Menhir
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Drosgl Cairns Cairn(s)
4 posts
Drosgl (Northern slopes) Cairn(s)
4 posts
Drws-y-Coed Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Dyffryn Ardudwy Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
49 posts
Dyffryn Mymbyr Stone Circle
22 posts
Eglwys Gwyddelod Ring Cairn
13 posts
Fach-Goch Standing Stone / Menhir
18 posts
Ffridd Bryn Dinas Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
11 posts
Ffridd Isaf Ring Cairn
10 posts
Ffridd Newydd Stone Circle
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Foel Caethle Hillfort
14 posts
Foel Cwm-Sian Llwyd Cairn(s)
21 posts
Foel Dduarth Enclosure
11 posts
Foel Dduarth (west) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
17 posts
Foel Faner Hillfort
6 posts
Foel Llanfendigaid Hillfort
14 posts
Foel Offrwm, Lower Settlement Hillfort
9 posts
Foel Ystrodur Fawr Round Cairn
5 posts
Foel y Geifr Cairn(s)
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Fortified hut settlement above Rachub Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
7 posts
Gamallt Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Garnedd Fach, Y Carneddau Round Cairn
15 posts
Garnedd Goch Round Cairn
9 posts
Garnedd Uchaf Round Cairn
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Garnedd Wen Round Cairn
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Garn Bentyrch Hillfort
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Garn Boduan Hillfort
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Garn Saethon Hillfort
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Garth Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Garth y Foel Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
13 posts
Gelli Ffrydiau Hillfort
1 post
Glynllifon Standing Stone / Menhir
4 posts
Goleuwern Round Cairn
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Graeanog Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gwastadgoed Standing Stones
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Gwastadgoed cairns Cairn(s)
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Gwern Einion Burial Chamber
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Gwern Einion stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gyrn Ddu Cairn(s)
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Gyrn Ddu cairn Cairn(s)
8 posts
Hafodlas Cairn Circle Cairn circle
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Hafotty-Fach Cairns Cairn(s)
12 posts
Hafotty-Fach Stones Standing Stones
40 posts
Harlech Circle Kerbed Cairn
4 posts
8 sites
Harlech Standing Stones Standing Stones
11 posts
Hengwm Ring Cairn Ring Cairn
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Iwerddon Cairn(s)
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Llanbedr Church Stone Carving
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Llanbedr Stones Standing Stones
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Llandegai Cursus Cursus (Destroyed)
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Llanfair Standing Stone / Menhir
12 posts
Llangwnnadl Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llawllech Cairn(s)
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Llecheiddior Stone Circle
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Llecheiddior Cairns Cairn(s)
19 posts
Llech-y-Doll Burial Chamber
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Llech Idris Standing Stone / Menhir
5 posts
Llwyndyrys Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llyn Conwy Cairn(s)
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Stone Circle
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Kerbed Cairn
4 posts
Llyn Eiddew-Bach Round Cairns Cairn(s)
3 posts
Llyn Gafr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
4 posts
Llyn Llagi Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llyn Stwlan, Moelwyns Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
8 posts
Llyn yr Adar Cist
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Maen du'r Arddu Natural Rock Feature
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Maen Llwyd (Bronaber) Standing Stone / Menhir
17 posts
Maen Llwyd (Plas Newydd) Standing Stone / Menhir
22 posts
Maen Melyn Standing Stone / Menhir
16 posts
Maen Twrog Standing Stone / Menhir
19 posts
Maes y Caerau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
21 posts
Maes y Gaer Hillfort
24 posts
Meuryn Isaf Kerbed Cairn
16 posts
Moelfre, Y Rhinogydd Round Cairn
41 posts
Moel Eilio Cairn(s)
11 posts
Moel Faban Arrow Stone Carving
26 posts
2 sites
Moel Faban, Carneddau Cairn(s)
25 posts
Moel Goedog Hillfort
16 posts
Moel Goedog East Ring Cairn
24 posts
Moel Goedog West Ring Cairn
7 posts
Moel Gwynus Standing Stone / Menhir
53 posts
Moel Hebog Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
42 posts
Moel Offrwm Hillfort
32 posts
Moel Wnion Cairn(s)
25 posts
Moel yr Eglwys Cairn(s)
5 posts
Moel yr Ogof Round Cairn
8 posts
Moel y Garnedd, Gwastadros Cairn(s)
6 posts
Moel y Geifr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
31 posts
Moel y Gest Hillfort
13 posts
Morfa Abererch Standing Stone / Menhir
37 posts
Mynydd Carnguwch Round Barrow(s)
1 post
Mynydd Clywedog Stone Row / Alignment
9 posts
Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
16 posts
Mynydd Graig Goch Cairn(s)
38 posts
Mynydd Mawr Round Cairn
3 posts
Mynydd Mawr (Aberdaron) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
5 posts
Mynydd Moel, Cadair Idris Cairn(s)
9 posts
Mynydd Pentre Cairn(s)
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Mynydd Rhiw Ancient Mine / Quarry
15 posts
Mynydd Rhiw Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
13 posts
Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd Burial Chamber
12 posts
Mynydd y Llyn Round Cairn
11 posts
Nant-y-Llys Long Cairn
6 posts
Nant Gwrtheyrn Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Nant yr Olchfa Cairn(s)
3 posts
1 site
Pandy Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Pant Clyd Cairn(s)
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Pant Ifan Standing Stone / Menhir
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Parciau Gleison Standing Stone / Menhir
1 post
Parc Gelli Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
51 posts
Pared-y-Cefn-Hir Hillfort
6 posts
Pared Mawr Cliff Fort
22 posts
Penarth Chambered Tomb
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Penbryn Mawr Standing Stone / Menhir
36 posts
Penllech Coetan Arthur Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
3 posts
Pentre Farm Round Barrow(s)
3 posts
Pen-y-Bwlch Enclosure
8 posts
Pen-y-Dinas Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gaer (Aberglaslyn) Hillfort
2 posts
Pen-Y-Gaer and Nant Castell Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gaer (Bethesda) Hillfort
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Pen-Y-Gaer (Llanaelhaearn) Hillfort
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Pen-y-Garreg Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gelli Cairn(s)
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Pen-y-Gwryd (Cairn SE of) Round Cairn
Pen-y-Stryda Stone Circle
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Pen Dinas camp Hillfort
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Plas Cregennen Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Pont Scethin, Double cairn Cairn(s)
21 posts
Pont Scethin standing stones Standing Stones
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Rhiw Goch Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Settlement north of Cwm Dyli power station Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Sling Burial Chamber
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Tal-y-Llyn
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Tal y Garreg and Llechlwyd Hillfort
30 posts
Tan-y-Muriau Chambered Cairn
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Tarrenhendre Round Cairn
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Tir-Bach Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tir Gwyn 1 (North) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tir Gwyn 2 (south) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort
30 posts
Trum Gelli Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Trum y Ddysgl Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
12 posts
Trwyn Porth Dinllaen Promontory Fort
14 posts
Twll Pant-hiriol Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
5 posts
Tyddyn Mawr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waen Bant Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waun Fach Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
22 posts
Waun Hir Ring Cairn
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Waun Oer Stone Row / Alignment
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Yr Aelgerth Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
36 posts
Yr Eifl Round Cairn
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Yr Wyddfa Cairn(s) (Destroyed)
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Ystumcegid Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Y Ffor Burial Chamber
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Y Ffor Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Y Foel Hillfort
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Y Foel Cairns Cairn(s)
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Y Garn, Nantlle Ridge Cairn(s)
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Y Gyrn Cairn(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Afon Anafon Arrow Stone Carving
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Criccieth Hillfort
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Croes Faen
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Ffridd Fedw Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ffridd y Beudail Standing Stone / Menhir
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Kenric's Stone and Llanelltyd Church Christianised Site
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Madryn Castle Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Parc Bach Burial Chamber
1 post
Pont Scethin mounds Artificial Mound
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Sarn Meyllteyrn Standing Stone / Menhir
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St Cadfan's churchyard, Tywyn Stone Row / Alignment
5 posts
Trefllys Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ty'n-llywyn Pentir Standing Stones

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Welsh storms expose Stone Age landscape


Video published on the BBC News web site on 23rd January 2014:
Winter storms which battered the coast of Wales have exposed previously hidden traces of the area's Stone Age landscape.

A four mile stretch of coastline near Tywyn on the west coast of Wales was so altered by the sea that it was pushed back 50 feet (15 metres)... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
23rd January 2014ce
Edited 23rd January 2014ce

Legendary Welsh lake to be bought for the nation


National Trust has raised £1m to buy a farm encompassing a lake considered one of the most beautiful and emblematic in Wales.

There were concerns that Llyn Dinas in Snowdonia and its shoreline could be turned into a water sports centre if it were not saved for the nation... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th November 2011ce

Tyddyn Pandy Archaeological Find


A friend of mine was telling me about this the other day. Apparently they have now moved the proposed building site for the school and archaeological digs are on-going Caernarfon

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faerygirl Posted by faerygirl
11th June 2010ce
Edited 11th June 2010ce

Remains Could Lie Under Proposed Building in Wales


Experts believe important prehistoric remains could lie under a proposed international sheepdog centre near Bala, in North Wales. Gwynedd Archaeological Planning Service stepped in after realising there is a prehistoric and Roman site close by... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
16th December 2003ce
Edited 19th March 2007ce

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Snowdonia Summit Cairns


Fantastic catalogue of Snowdonia summit cairns. Click the numbers on the map and links take you to detailed plans of the cairns.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd August 2011ce

Gwynedd Sites and Monuments Record


Address and contact details for this service.
IronMan Posted by IronMan
2nd May 2002ce
Edited 7th April 2013ce

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Tarrenhendre (Round Cairn) — Fieldnotes

I once read - in an interview with Andy Partridge, perhaps? - that one of the defining idiosyncrasies of an Englishman (one assumes an Englishwoman, too?) is a propensity to 'make lists'... or was it 'to collect'? Clearly, the memory isn't what it once was. Whatever the case, both could be seen as manifestations of that oft-derided 'insular character' so readily applied to a specific, indigenous male demographic of this island of ours. If so, it's probably fair to say such a generalisation is applicable in my case - with one important caveat: I like to collect 'experiences', memories... not things. Some bad; the majority, hopefully, good. All are worthwhile additions since, as Mr Cope pointed out some years back everything, the positive and the negative, fuels, helps to inform my 'Rock 'n Roll'. Albeit running to a rather more European-esque, sequencer baseline.

Now while naturally, I'm aware that 'writing stuff down' is of benefit to the, er, advancing memory, maintaining the designated hierarchy when planning visits, for example, can be problematic when one is open to influence by external stimuli, by sensory perception. A case in point being Tarrenhendre. Indeed, a return to this relatively obscure outlier of the wondrous Cadair Idris, while certainly upon 'the list' was, to be frank, so far down as to be languishing within the proverbial 'footer'. There simply are not enough days within our fleeting turn upon this global stage, this cabaret... sometimes Liza Minnelli dark, sometimes Ethel Merman bright... this ongoing story of humanity. Factor in the, according to the map, almost prohibitively steep final approach from the south against perceived benefit and we get to the crux of the matter: the vagaries of the human mind (or at least mine)... "So, what's in it for me?" Hey, I guess I'm no different from most other people, right? To attempt to be more succinct: the large, round cairn dimly recalled from my youth crowning this 2,076ft summit - OK, technically a little way to the approx south-east of the highest point (for all us supposed geeks and assorted misfits who've always thought 'Architecture and Morality' wasn't pretentious, simply classic art) - and this inquisitive traveller were not set to rendezvous once again in the foreseeable future... if ever again?

That is until that aforementioned sensory perception saw fit to do its subliminal thang last month as I wandered the bleak fastness of Pumlumon: sea views absorbed, as if by some kind of osmosis, upon the exquisite hillfort of Pen Dinas, rising above Bont-goch Elerch; a shimmering horizon noted upon the sentinel peak herself, Pen Pumlumon-Fawr. Seemingly disparate, peripheral moments, yet electrical impulses across synapses constructing something much more. Yeah, just like the organic, beyond sensual voice of Regine Fetet, infused with 'Je ne sais pas', somehow merged, coalesced with Hard Corps' precise, robotic, Kraftwerkian beats to create a new, sublime synergy back in the mid-80's (or maybe even Vince and Alf, if you prefer?), it required the input of all Mr Partridge's 'senses working overtime' to ensure I find myself parking-up beside the farm access track to Rhos-farch, a little north of Pennal, under a leaden sky promising nothing very positive, to be honest.

The sense of inauspiciousness is heightened by the all too real perception that I am a very unwelcome guest, judging by the brusque refusal of the arriving farmer to even acknowledge, let alone reciprocate, my friendly greeting. What is it with some people? OK, walker/landowner relations can sometimes get a little fraught, with neither party able to claim a monopoly of righteousness... but to my mind, there is no excuse for such sheer bad manners. Whatever, the gurgling Afon Pennal has sufficient class to compensate for any number of apparently ignorant people and I'm nevertheless, inspired to go walkabout. The farm access track bears a ravaged notice proclaiming 'Private Road'... however since such-like are never (in my long experience) an impediment to rural wandering on foot, I head off down the track to join with the public footpath ascending Tarrenhendre's southern ridge. However, upon achieving said junction, a retrospective glance at the exit gate reveals another notice declaring the route I've just taken as 'out of bounds'. I'll leave you to make your own judgement. But what's done in good faith is done, right? The public footpath - or rather stony track - arcs to the left before branching steeply right to advance across the lush grass of Ffridd Rhosfarch, the primary line servicing the old quarry within Cwm Ebol.

OK, before proceeding any further I should declare a fair degree of favouritism toward the Afon Dyfi (Dovey). Yeah, as much as I'm captivated, in turn, by the aesthetic appeal of the Mawddach, the Dwyryd, Snowdon's very own Afon Glaslyn, the wild Ystwyth of Cwmdeuddwr, even... and surely no river executes a more emphatic discharge to the sea than Pumlumon's Severn (Hafren)... only one watercourse rises within the ancient, traditionally lawless heartland of Ardudwy, cradled within the rocky bosom of Aran Fawddwy. I guess, no matter how we might deny it in polite company, we all harbour a fascination for the outlaw, the moody outsider? And this approach to Tarrenhendre offers arguably almost the finest of all vantage points to witness the former Llaethnant continually achieve its full potential. Second only to the view from the summit ridge rising above, in fact. Needless to say, the impact is greater upon the descent.

In due course the path arrives at the bwlch below Tarren Rhosfach, the space more-or-less occupied by sheepfolds, whereby the 'ask' demanded of me by the mountain to reach the top becomes all too readily apparent. Ouch. A near-on vertical ascent upon grass with no discernible path to speak of, the 'zig-zag' depicted upon my map notwithstanding. Which, when you think about it, is not really surprising? I mean, who in their right mind would want to climb up there to see an old pile of stones? Point taken. Particularly with tendrils of unforecasted hill fog beginning to grasp at the summit towering to the north, above the headwall of the cwm of the Afon Alice. Which begs the obvious question, just who was Alice? (wise to leave Roy 'Chubby' Brown out of such a deliberation, methinks?). What is beyond doubt, however, is the fact that I must earn my rendezvous the hard way by expending every joule of energy at my disposal. The fenceline running the length of Y Tarenau's extensive main ridge - some seven miles of it - is an correspondingly awful long time a'coming, something which appears to be a recurring personal theme nowadays. Nevertheless I... eventually... arrive at the crest of what is named Mynydd Esgairweddan upon the 1:25k ODS map, a pretty featureless 'lumpy hump' which refuses to divulge the whereabouts of some apparent monuments listed by Coflein with anything approaching ease. Suddenly feeling somewhat nervous due to the inclement, not to mention deteriorating conditions, I elect to head straight for my ultimate goal... and resign myself to having a detailed look upon my return. The 'umbilical cord' fenceline, reassuringly, heads unerringly to the great cairn of Tarrenhendre. Too unerringly, in fact, ignobly bisecting the monument in the process. But there you are.

And 'great cairn' it certainly is! Despite the dual indignity of wire and rather pathetic modern marker cairn plonked on top, there is no muppet shelter to be found here, the monument seemingly intact and standing apparently inviolate upon its coastal perch. Although featuring a grassy mantle, the cairn boasts a fine profile and relatively consistent elevation. Check! As noted earlier, the great stone pile does not occupy the actual summit of Tarrenhendre. However, to my mind the visitor doesn't need to look far for this apparent oversight, if not error... indeed, the evidence is all around: staring, awestruck, to the south-west, the magnificent vista towards Aberdyfi and Cardigan Bay highlights the anfractuous course of the Afon Dyfi to perfection; to the approx west, the aforementioned ridge of Y Tarenau is seen snaking away toward Tarren Cwm-ffernol and the significantly be-cairned Trum Gelli, the latter visited a few years ago; while to the south, looking across the sinuous river to the upland cemeteries upon Foel Goch and Moel y Llyn - the latter, incidentally, the subject of another localised 'lady in the lake' legend - the gaze, with eyes straining to penetrate the swirling mist, finally comes to rest upon the summit of Pumlumon herself. Pen Pumlumon-Fawr. Mother of Rivers.

And so the subliminal workings of this challenged mind achieve their goal by finally reversing the perspective of last month. Yeah, for me there can be no doubt behind the placement of this cairn. It had to be, surely, the epic outlook such a position presented, the overview of the Dyfi reaching the sea? To check this theory out, as any good scientist would insist an enthusiastic, er, layman should, I make my way to the summit to discover it is, indeed, simply not in the same league as its panoramic neighbour. OK, that's not to say the views toward Dyffryn Dysynni, yet another upland cemetery gracing Allt Lwyd, not to mention Cadair Idris (although the latter is mostly subsumed in vapour) are not expansive - hey, I even reckon I can make out the iconic hill fort upon Craig Yr Aderwyn? - but, let's face it.... the Dyfi is the business around these parts and, owing to the relatively uniform topography of the summit plateau, this traveller can only conclude the great cairn is where it needed to be. Needs to be, in fact.

And there's more. Following lunch perched upon the craggy eastern face of the mountain, looking across to Tarren-y-Gesail (Y Tarenau's cairn-less summit top) progressively losing an ongoing duel with the all-encompassing hill fog, I return to the cairn to chill out - a little too literally, unfortunately - and discover a further, completely grassed-over monument a little to the approx north(ish) of the star attraction at SH6839103998. According to Coflein, this represents:

"Remains of round barrow standing 1m high and eroded away to an almost rectangular shape on the windward sides. Approx. dimensions 7m x 4m. S.D. Lowden, Archaeophysica, 1 June 2006."

So there you are. In fact Coflein cites another prehistoric site, but that is not forthcoming in the billowing mist. Perhaps it's just me? Checking the time I realise I have to make a move to reach the car before dark. Like, er, now? So I begin the descent and, despite another quick review of Mynydd Esgairweddan, do not discern anything I could say, with my hand on my heart (not that I'm attempting to dump Kylie, or anything, you understand?) matched Coflein's descriptions. But there you are. The descent back to the bwlch is not exactly what tired, aching legs would choose if they were sentient, but what has to be done, has to be done... and the views of Dyffryn Dyfi, free from the gathering gloom, really are exquisite compensation. Arriving back at Rhos-farch I briefly consider ignoring the 'Einreise Verboten!' but, in accordance with my moral code, decide to give the landowner the benefit of the doubt and stick to the 'official' route. I mean, how far can it be? And no one with a realistic, holistic view of life in 2019 would deliberately take actions to discourage tourism, the very economic lifeblood of Wales? Surely not? Hmm. Prospective visitors should note that it is, in fact, a considerable diversion so I leave you to consider the intelligence/morality of suchlike. So, more-or-less dead on my feet, I finally arrive back at the car. It's been a long, challenging day, both physically and mentally. And, upon reflection, one I wouldn't have undertaken if it hadn't been for the subliminal deliberations of this lump of grey matter we call the human mind. Ah, introspection. Guess it's what separates us, alienates us from the other creatures inhabiting this crazy, spinning globe. I mean, Molly, my cat, will truculently bite me one moment, yet smooch up 30 minutes later as if nothing had occurred. No sense of 'memory'? Or maybe she's simply ruthlessly manipulating me for her own ends? Dunno. But there's no way she would ever consider climbing a mountain. Lazy cat.

However, if 'introspection' is, indeed, what locked us out of the primaeval forest and gives us so much pain... joy and, crucially, hope for the future... You who are about to be introspective - I salute you!
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19th January 2020ce

Dyffryn Mymbyr (Stone Circle) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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14th November 2019ce

Sling (Burial Chamber) — Fieldnotes

Now, despite being well aware that a visit to Sling - or Frondeg, if you prefer - was long, long, long etc. overdue, a spare hour or so before dark... in absolutely appalling conditions... and with a hole in my left boot, to boot.... probably did not constitute the ideal circumstances to introduce myself to the area, to be fair. But hey, what could possibly go wrong? I mean, how difficult can it be for a guy long practised in locating obscure cairns upon hill-fog cloaked summits to find a monument a couple of hundred yards from the road? Come on, really? But there you are; suffice to say I've never possessed a plan, for better or worse. Clearly, since I never actually located the primary monument, I'll need to return at some point. Preferably not in a torrential downpour conjoining with near-zero visibility to fiendishly diabolical effect, though...

The reason for this lamentable personal muppetry is simply that, like Ironman before me, I had no doubt whatsoever that the secondary 'fallen stone' first encountered when leaving the public footpath represented the capstone of a burial chamber (possibly earth-fast?) supported upon what I saw to be clearly defined orthostats, the whole surmounting the remnants of a cairn.... albeit covered by industrial-grade brambles such as to cause even Br'er Rabbit to pause to consider options. Or, to put it another way, THE burial chamber I'd come to see. As that Kurgan bloke said in Highlander, 'There can be only one'. Who's ever heard of two such monuments so close together in North Wales? Malin More, yes, but Gwynedd? Naturally, the fact that, as usual, I had not done my homework - and therefore was not aware of the specifics of what I was actually looking for - duly negated the need to venture further into the soaking mist. So that was that. But again, there you are.

What particularly puzzles me in hindsight, however, is the almost total absence of detail upon Coflein, or, indeed, anywhere online concerning this secondary site? How can such an obvious - to me and Ironman at least - burial chamber, however it may be subjectively categorised, not have generated some interest? Hey, any interest? Does anyone know what was going on here back in the day, because it seems to me that here we have nothing less than a megalithic cemetery slumbering amidst the quarrying residue west(ish) of Bethesda?

Browsers of the 'Archaeologia Cambrensis' - see link - will notice that pages 62-63 of Volume 13, Series 3 give a brief mention of other internments being discovered in the immediate locale c1855 (to judge by the somewhat nebulous 'nearby'). I know, I know... I hark on. But a traveller can perhaps be forgiven for thinking some professional archaeologists maybe favour the showpiece Wessex sites for, er, non-professional, personal reasons? Let's face it ... you will never see a myopic Guardian reporter turning up at Sling demanding to know why CADW and 'The Tories' (who else?) haven't done more to protect what may lie forgotten, unseen, round about here. It's a scandal, I tell you! The Sling and arrows of outrageous fortune, as Will Himself almost put it. Most certainly not during periods of proper North Walean weather the Bethesda locals take in their stride. Coats? We'll have none of that southern tomfoolery here, and no mistake. So basically, who cares? Well, call me a hopeless romantic, but I happen to believe the prehistoric heritage of Wales is every bit as important as World Heritage show sites. One can't complete the jigsaw with a piece or two missing, can one?

Needless to say, I fully intend to have another look at some later date and form my own opinion... with my own eyes. I hope I have the opportunity since despite - or perhaps even because of - the inclement weather, I sensed this place is the real deal. With a story that deserves to be told.
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10th November 2019ce

Sling (Burial Chamber) — Images

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9th November 2019ce

Foel Ystrodur Fawr (Round Cairn) — Images

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4th November 2019ce

Arenig Fach (Round Cairn) — Images

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4th November 2019ce

Tarrenhendre (Round Cairn) — Images

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3rd November 2019ce
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