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Cefn Cnwcheithinog Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Cilycwm (Cil-y-cwm), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 52.1313 / 52°7'52"N

Longitude: -3.8174 / 3°49'2"W

OS Eastings: 275700

OS Northings: 249668

OS Grid: SN757496

Mapcode National: GBR Y3.7XD5

Mapcode Global: VH4GV.SP8H

Entry Name: Cefn Cnwcheithinog Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 9 August 2007

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1223

Cadw Legacy ID: CD241

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cilycwm (Cil-y-cwm)

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthfast prehistoric standing stone, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It is located on the top of an undulating ridge in an area of upland rough pasture. The standing stone is roughly square in cross-section and its sides taper to a blunt point. It is aligned NE-SW. It measures 1.6m in height. The base measures c. 0.5m in width and 0.47m in depth. Packing stones are visible at the base of the stone.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual and ceremonial practices. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of intact ritual deposits, together with structural evidence.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular in shape on plan and measures 6m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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