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Dorwen standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Quarter Bach (Cwarter Bach), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8133 / 51°48'47"N

Longitude: -3.7813 / 3°46'52"W

OS Eastings: 277300

OS Northings: 214238

OS Grid: SN773142

Mapcode National: GBR Y5.WSTJ

Mapcode Global: VH5FW.DPT9

Entry Name: Dorwen standing stone

Scheduled Date: 7 August 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4255

Cadw Legacy ID: BR333

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Quarter Bach (Cwarter Bach)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises a fine standing stone, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within open moorland on the SW-facing slopes of the ridge above and to the E of Afon Twrch, in the foothills of the Black Mountain. The standing stone measures 1.2m in height, 0.9m in thickness from ENE to WSW by 0.7m in width. The stone is a striking block of weathered limestone and boasts fine views around the SW arc. Several packing stones are visible around its base.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual practices. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

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 8m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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