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Llyn Gafr Standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7102 / 52°42'36"N

Longitude: -3.9054 / 3°54'19"W

OS Eastings: 271369

OS Northings: 314211

OS Grid: SH713142

Mapcode National: GBR 90.272Y

Mapcode Global: WH56V.Z4FL

Entry Name: Llyn Gafr Standing stone

Scheduled Date: 25 April 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1048

Cadw Legacy ID: ME219

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dolgellau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises a large, impressive and well-preserved standing stone, which probably dates to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It is some 2.5m high, 2m wide and 1m thick, with the longer axis aligned north to south. It is situated in a prominent position on the shoulder of a col or bwlch to the north-east of Llyn Gafr on the north face of Cadair Idris.

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 be 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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