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Maen Bach Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Cilycwm (Cil-y-cwm), Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 52.0894 / 52°5'21"N

Longitude: -3.8538 / 3°51'13"W

OS Eastings: 273084

OS Northings: 245072

OS Grid: SN730450

Mapcode National: GBR Y2.BDQP

Mapcode Global: VH4H1.4RZ4

Entry Name: Maen Bach Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 4 April 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1642

Cadw Legacy ID: CM300

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cilycwm (Cil-y-cwm)

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and is one of the most prominent features of a line of prehistoric cairns and standing stones which cross the Mynydd Mallaen from north-west to south-east. 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. It is circular and measures 8m in diameter, centred on the stone.

Source: Cadw

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