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Cefn Maen Amor stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Henryd, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2443 / 53°14'39"N

Longitude: -3.8916 / 3°53'29"W

OS Eastings: 273871

OS Northings: 373590

OS Grid: SH738735

Mapcode National: GBR 1Z8X.8Q

Mapcode Global: WH545.6Q36

Entry Name: Cefn Maen Amor stone circle

Scheduled Date: 10 May 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4072

Cadw Legacy ID: CN355

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Stone circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Henryd

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). It is situated within open moorland on the pass between Cefn Maen Amor to the NE and Tal y Fan to the SW. The grass and heather covered circle consists of at least six small earthfast stones, measuring up to 0.35m in height; the circle itself measures about 10.5m in overall diameter.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual practices. The monument retains significant archaeological potential with a strong probability of associated archaeological features and deposits and forms an important element in the wider prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the group value formed by the proximity of the circle to nearby monuments of similar date: Cefn Maen Amor cairn (CN354), which is situated immediately to the NW; and Maen Penddu standing stone (CN126).

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 22m in diameter, although the S arc has been flattened by up to 2m as a result of the truncation caused by the track.

Source: Cadw

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