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Nant Cilgwyn standing stone

A Scheduled Monument in Cynwyl Gaeo, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 52.0154 / 52°0'55"N

Longitude: -3.9508 / 3°57'2"W

OS Eastings: 266221

OS Northings: 237019

OS Grid: SN662370

Mapcode National: GBR DY.H0NT

Mapcode Global: VH4HC.GLQT

Entry Name: Nant Cilgwyn standing stone

Scheduled Date: 27 June 2005

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1093

Cadw Legacy ID: CM361

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Cynwyl Gaeo

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises a fine quartzitic standing stone, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated within improved pasture on the rounded slopes above and to the N of the Nant Cilgwyn. The standing stone measures 1.1m in height, 1m in thickness from NW to SE by 0.7m 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 scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is circular and measures 6m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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