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Maen Richard Prehistoric Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Merthyr Cynog, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0009 / 52°0'3"N

Longitude: -3.5055 / 3°30'19"W

OS Eastings: 296746

OS Northings: 234678

OS Grid: SN967346

Mapcode National: GBR YJ.J33W

Mapcode Global: VH5F2.6Y4Z

Entry Name: Maen Richard Prehistoric Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 8 February 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1596

Cadw Legacy ID: BR270

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Merthyr Cynog

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and is located between the parishes of Llanfihangel Nant Bran and Merthyr Cynog on the Middle Eppynt Common. The stone is a volcanic agglomerate measuring 0.81m by 0.45m and stands to a height of 1.52m.

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 a circle with a diameter of 5m, centred on the stone.

Source: Cadw

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