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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 ID: 2804
Cadw Legacy ID: CM189
Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Category: Standing stone
County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
Traditional County: Carmarthenshire
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.
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