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Hafod-y-Dre Stone Rows and Cairn

A Scheduled Monument in Pentrefoelas, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.069 / 53°4'8"N

Longitude: -3.665 / 3°39'53"W

OS Eastings: 288539

OS Northings: 353710

OS Grid: SH885537

Mapcode National: GBR 69.BQ74

Mapcode Global: WH66C.N4Z2

Entry Name: Hafod-y-Dre Stone Rows and Cairn

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3599

Cadw Legacy ID: DE095

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Stone alignment

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Pentrefoelas

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument comprises the remains of a stone row and cairn, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC. It comprises approx. 120 small stones set into the turf and aligned generally in rows N.E. - S.W. incompletely covering an area of about 20 M. square. They occupy relatively dry ground between a modern wall/ditch and former field bank 8-10 M. to the N.W. and wet ill-drained ground to the S.E. and S. The N.W. most row of stones seems to point towards a mutilated cairn c. 8 M. to the S.W. The stones occur singly and are in every case but one, a boulder 0.6 M. by 0.4 M. and 0.9 M. high, of a generally uniform size. Distances between the stones vary between 0.5 M. and 1.8 M. A clear pattern of regularity is discernible although the pattern is incomplete and obscured by turf. Ploughing has taken place on the lower slopes of the field they occupy but not in the vicinity of the stones. Hafod Y Dre Cairn. An irregular heap of soil and voided stones 5.5 M. diameter N.-S. and approximately 0.3 M. high located 8 M. S. W. of N.W. most row of De 95A Hafod Y Dre Stones. An untidy hole 0.8 M. by 0.9 M. across is set into its centre.Its composition of large stones is exposed.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Stone rows 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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