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Cerrig Arthur Stone Circle

A Scheduled Monument in Barmouth (Bermo), Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7502 / 52°45'0"N

Longitude: -4.0287 / 4°1'43"W

OS Eastings: 263170

OS Northings: 318887

OS Grid: SH631188

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.ZZTY

Mapcode Global: WH56M.24VF

Entry Name: Cerrig Arthur Stone Circle

Scheduled Date: 17 March 1980

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 270

Cadw Legacy ID: ME114

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Stone circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Barmouth (Bermo)

Traditional County: Merionethshire


A stone circle on a natural shelf in an E-facing slope, with some additional levelling. The dominant features at present are a group of three standing stones on the SE side and a low (20 - 30 cm, discontinuous) bank marking the circle; on investigation the stubs of other stones are visible in the bank.

The three extant standing stones include one which appears to be positioned within the circle, and the fact that these three have survived tends to suggest they were the largest; hence this may have been a point of entry to the circle. Apart from these there are about 10 earthfast boulders or stone stubs, plus one outside the circle on the E, but these do not all occur in a regular line around the circle. They are both irregularly spaced and unevenly lined up. Presumably a deliberate attempt to destroy the circle was made in the past, and this has resulted in stones being removed, buried and displaced. Just possibly, given the position of the third of the standing stones, the circle originally had a double ring of stones, though this would be unusual. The site has certainly been ploughed in the past.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual practises. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structures themselves may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

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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