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Maen Madoc (Standing Stone / Menhir)

Maen Madoc, the standing stone's latin inscription reads: 'Of Dervacus, Son of Justus. He lies here'. This dates from the fourth century, although the stone may be much older.

It is unclear whether the romans chose to bury Dervacus at this site because their road, Sarn Helen, passed it and it was an obvious landmark, or they raised it to commemorate him. To some the inscription may negate the stone's validity as a prehistoric monument.
Jacksprat is an Oxfordshire bilbob. Now sadly abroad in East Sussex which, while very bracing on the downs, seems devoid of the stone circles he loves.

He is particularly fascinated in the folklore & fairy tales associated with ancient sites and how it is that these wonderful stones and locations have obviously enthralled and captivated us down the centuries.

Favourite sites: The Hawkstone and Rollrights.

Other interests include: speaking of himself in the third person, playing guitar, mandolin, cross running, rugby, playing bad chess.

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