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Capel Nebo Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Cilymaenllwyd, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8961 / 51°53'45"N

Longitude: -4.7069 / 4°42'24"W

OS Eastings: 213848

OS Northings: 225411

OS Grid: SN138254

Mapcode National: GBR CX.QR56

Mapcode Global: VH2NM.CLJT

Entry Name: Capel Nebo Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 6 February 1952

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 426

Cadw Legacy ID: CM159

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cilymaenllwyd

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument, also known as Rhos Maen Hir, comprises a standing stone, probably dating from the Bronze Age period (2300 - 800 BC). It is located on the top of a local ridge and overlooks the upper reaches of the Afon Wenallt to the E. The standing stone is earthfast and measures 2m in height, 0.6m in width and 0.6m in depth. Formerly, the standing stone was used as a gatepost in a hedgebank between two fields. The standing stone is now free standing, as the hedgebank has been removed in order to merge the two fields into one.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature 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 ritual deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value formed with adjacent monuments to the N and W. The scheduled area has been revised in order to correspond more closely with the archaeological remains on the ground.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape and measures 10m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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