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Ffos-y-Maen Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Llanpumsaint, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9306 / 51°55'50"N

Longitude: -4.3074 / 4°18'26"W

OS Eastings: 241454

OS Northings: 228299

OS Grid: SN414282

Mapcode National: GBR DG.NG7H

Mapcode Global: VH3L3.9Q6W

Entry Name: Ffos-y-Maen Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 13 April 1961

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2804

Cadw Legacy ID: CM189

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanpumsaint

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It measures 2.6m high, 1.3mwide and 0.8m deep at the base, is roughly rectangular in cross section and has an irregular flat top. In 1963 the stone fell and was re-erected, excavation at that time revealed an irregular cobbled area c 3 to 3.3m across surrounding the stone socket as well as a hollow 0.5m to the north that contained charcoal.

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 prehistoric 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.

Source: Cadw

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