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Burry Menhir

A Scheduled Monument in Port Eynon (Port Einon), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.5886 / 51°35'18"N

Longitude: -4.2186 / 4°13'6"W

OS Eastings: 246400

OS Northings: 190077

OS Grid: SS464900

Mapcode National: GBR GR.KZ5B

Mapcode Global: VH3MW.TBNK

Entry Name: Burry Menhir

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3648

Cadw Legacy ID: GM134

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Port Eynon (Port Einon)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a recumbent stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2900 - 800 BC). The stone is a quartz conglomerate measuring 3m long, lying in a slight hollow. Its section is irregular but tends towards a wedge shape, 1.8 wide and with a maximum thickness of 0.8m. The stone fell from an upright position in 1947. In 1948 its site was excavated by H.N. Savory and J.G. Rutter. Cobble stones used as packing round the base were found. There was no sign of a burial.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. It is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of intact burial or ritual deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Standing stones are often part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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