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Fonlief Hir Standing Stones

A Scheduled Monument in Harlech, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8638 / 52°51'49"N

Longitude: -4.0756 / 4°4'32"W

OS Eastings: 260370

OS Northings: 331606

OS Grid: SH603316

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.RLGK

Mapcode Global: WH560.C8HX

Entry Name: Fonlief Hir Standing Stones

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2466

Cadw Legacy ID: ME057

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Harlech

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument consists of 5 standing stones, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). These five standing stones are situated along what is believed to be an ancient trackway (cf ME058 a-d and ME107). There is, however, circularity in this as the monuments are the principal evidence for the existence of the trackway.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. It is well preserved and 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 an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 5m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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