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Croes Faen Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Tywyn, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.5935 / 52°35'36"N

Longitude: -4.0728 / 4°4'22"W

OS Eastings: 259692

OS Northings: 301542

OS Grid: SH596015

Mapcode National: GBR 8S.9MVZ

Mapcode Global: WH57C.D2TK

Entry Name: Croes Faen Standing Stone

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3221

Cadw Legacy ID: ME088

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Tywyn

Built-Up Area: Tywyn

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which may date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) or may be the remnants of an early medieval or medieval cross-shaft. It is a little over 2m high with a diameter of approximately 0.75m. Its surface comprises six facets of varying width, which could be either cut or natural. The top is flat and there is no trace of a socket. It occupies a low-lying position close to the main A493.

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 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. It is circular and measures 8.1m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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