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Moel Goedog Round Cairns & Standing Stones

A Scheduled Monument in Harlech, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8711 / 52°52'15"N

Longitude: -4.0666 / 4°3'59"W

OS Eastings: 260999

OS Northings: 332404

OS Grid: SH609324

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.R2NP

Mapcode Global: WH560.H3R8

Entry Name: Moel Goedog Round Cairns & Standing Stones

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3210

Cadw Legacy ID: ME058

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Ring cairn

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Harlech

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of funery monuments that combine elements of ring cairn and stone circle architecture and two standing stones, all of which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and are situated alongside the Y Fronlief Hir track way; each of the four sites are described individually.

a) A cairn circle, on ground which is sloping to the west and north and consists of ten small uprights which stand between 0.3m and 0.8m in height within a circular stone bank, 2m wide with a maximum height of 0.2m and an internal diameter of 6m. A hollow way appears to run along the west side of the cairn.

b) A standing stone which is 0.9m in height, and 0.6 by 0.55m at its base, positioned alongside the ancient track way, some 160m northeast of (C).

c) A standing stone which is 1.35m in height, and 0.9 by 0.7m at its base, positioned alongside the ancient track way, some 160m southwest of (B).

d) A cairn circle situated on a level plateau on the western side of Moel Goedog, some 50m east of (A), but separated from it by an ancient track way. It consists of a low, grassed-over stone bank 1m wide that encloses a space 5.3m in diameter. Ten or more boulders lie within the bank with the tallest being 0.4m in height.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The feature 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 both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Such sites may be 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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