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Gileston Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9052 / 51°54'18"N

Longitude: -3.2853 / 3°17'7"W

OS Eastings: 311671

OS Northings: 223741

OS Grid: SO116237

Mapcode National: GBR YT.Q3QS

Mapcode Global: VH6C7.0CJT

Entry Name: Gileston Standing Stone

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1772

Cadw Legacy ID: BR140

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The stone comprises a block of conglomerate rock and measures 3m high, 2.3m wide at the base and 1.1m wide at the top. It has roughly flat sides with a ledge half way up the E side. It is located in a meadow close to the River Usk.

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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