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Gwempa Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Llangyndeyrn, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7772 / 51°46'37"N

Longitude: -4.2552 / 4°15'18"W

OS Eastings: 244510

OS Northings: 211127

OS Grid: SN445111

Mapcode National: GBR DJ.Z94L

Mapcode Global: VH3LX.6L8H

Entry Name: Gwempa Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 28 April 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3989

Cadw Legacy ID: CM316

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llangyndeyrn

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises a standing stone, probably dating to the Early Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 1200 BC). It is a large, rectangular stone, standing 1.8m in height and measuring 1.15m in thickness and 0.8m in width. The stone is orientated from NW to SE, with the larger sides facing NE and SW respectively. It is situated in improved pasture on a rounded NE-facing slope.

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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