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Garreg Wen Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Cynwyl Elfed, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.9526 / 51°57'9"N

Longitude: -4.4294 / 4°25'45"W

OS Eastings: 233148

OS Northings: 231019

OS Grid: SN331310

Mapcode National: GBR D9.M1ZH

Mapcode Global: VH3L1.55QZ

Entry Name: Garreg Wen Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 19 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3990

Cadw Legacy ID: CM314

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cynwyl Elfed

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises a standing stone, probably dating to the Early Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 1200 BC). It is a large, angular quartzite stone, standing 1.9m in height and measuring 1.45m in thickness and 0.7m in width. The stone is orientated from ENE to WSW, with the larger sides facing NNE and SSW respectively. It is situated in improved pasture on a rounded ENE-facing slope above the Afon Fawr.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual practices. The monument retains significant archaeological potential with a strong probability of associated archaeological features and deposits and forms an important element in the wider prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and an area around it within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 5m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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