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Crugian Bach stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy), Powys

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Latitude: 52.2494 / 52°14'57"N

Longitude: -3.5665 / 3°33'59"W

OS Eastings: 293151

OS Northings: 262407

OS Grid: SN931624

Mapcode National: GBR YF.0KYS

Mapcode Global: VH5CW.4QCF

Entry Name: Crugian Bach stone circle

Scheduled Date: 13 September 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1607

Cadw Legacy ID: BR274

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Stone circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Rhayader (Rhaeadr Gwy)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a fine stone circle, situated on a gently rounded plateau and wholly overlooked around the SW arc by the encompassing uniform flank of Y Gamriw. The stone circle contains about 18 small upright stones and measures about 22m in diameter. The site is theatrically positioned within an impressive and imposing upland landscape.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The stone circle is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both intact burial and ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the topographical association of the cairn with the many Bronze Age cairns and cemeteries that can be found within the surrounding area.

The area covered by the original designation did not relate accurately to the remains on the ground and the scheduled area has been revised in order to rectify the original designation.

It comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 40m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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