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Maen Llia Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Maescar (Maes-car), Powys

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Latitude: 51.8608 / 51°51'38"N

Longitude: -3.5636 / 3°33'49"W

OS Eastings: 292420

OS Northings: 219180

OS Grid: SN924191

Mapcode National: GBR YG.SSTJ

Mapcode Global: VH5FT.5HXC

Entry Name: Maen Llia Stone

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 805

Cadw Legacy ID: BR017

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Maescar (Maes-car)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The stone is roughly hexagonal shaped, taping to the top and bottom, and measures 3.7m high, 2.8m wide (maximum) and 0.6m thick. The stone sits in a slight depression and has some nineteenth century graffiti on the west face. A report from the 1940s records Ogham and Roman inscriptions on the stone but these have not been verified by later surveys of the monument.

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.

Source: Cadw

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