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Mynydd Crwn standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Maenclochog, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9338 / 51°56'1"N

Longitude: -4.7774 / 4°46'38"W

OS Eastings: 209156

OS Northings: 229788

OS Grid: SN091297

Mapcode National: GBR CT.NCNL

Mapcode Global: VH2ND.4NQD

Entry Name: Mynydd Crwn standing stone

Scheduled Date: 7 March 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4230

Cadw Legacy ID: PE500

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Maenclochog

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises a fine standing stone, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within enclosed rough pasture on the rounded SW-facing slopes of Mynydd Crwn, on the S flanks of Mynydd Preseli. The standing stone measures 1.8m in height, 0.9m in thickness from NNE to SSW by 0.5m in width.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric ritual practices. The monument is well preserved and is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape. Such standing stones are assumed to have had some form of religious or ceremonial function - they may have formed a link to the celestial landscape that ruled the days, seasons and weather so important in the lives of their builders. What is not in doubt is that their positions within the physical landscape were deliberately chosen and these settings form an integral element of the importance of the individual monuments. For example, standing stones and stone rows may have acted as markers within the landscape, guiding the eye, the traveller or the ceremonial procession. The monument retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 8m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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