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Llwyn-y-wrach standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Aberedw, Powys

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Latitude: 52.1338 / 52°8'1"N

Longitude: -3.3451 / 3°20'42"W

OS Eastings: 308027

OS Northings: 249240

OS Grid: SO080492

Mapcode National: GBR YR.7LW3

Mapcode Global: VH6B0.YMXL

Entry Name: Llwyn-y-wrach standing stone

Scheduled Date: 17 August 2004

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4137

Cadw Legacy ID: RD243

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Aberedw

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises a fine standing stone, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC). It is a large block of stone, standing about 1.55m in height and measuring 1.7m in thickness and 0.9m in width. The standing stone is situated at the edge of a field of enclosed improved pasture on the upper SE-facing slopes of Aberedw Hill. Two further boulders lie to the WNW and could have originally formed part of an alignment with the standing stone and the massive, unusual split boulder further to the WNW. These stones, if aligned, point directly to Rhulen Hill to the ESE, the highest prominent point on the horizon.

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 area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 12m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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