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Nant Croes-y-wernen stone circle

A Scheduled Monument in Cynwyd, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 52.9414 / 52°56'29"N

Longitude: -3.3435 / 3°20'36"W

OS Eastings: 309809

OS Northings: 339067

OS Grid: SJ098390

Mapcode National: GBR 6Q.LQ9M

Mapcode Global: WH787.MB1D

Entry Name: Nant Croes-y-wernen stone circle

Scheduled Date: 28 October 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4325

Cadw Legacy ID: DE300

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Stone circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Cynwyd

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a fine stone circle, probably dating to the Bronze Age (c.2300 BC - 800 BC) and situated on a locally prominent knoll to the S of the Nant Croes-y-wernen, in a theatrical position surrounded on all sides by hills. There is a break in the almost uniform horizon on the WNW, looking down the Afon Trystion valley. Only four long thin upright slabs remain of the stone circle - although further stones could be felt under the turf. The stone circle measures about 9.5m in diameter over a level central area.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The stone circle is an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of intact ritual deposits alongside environmental and structural evidence. The importance of the monument is further enhanced by the topographical association of the stone circle with the many Bronze Age cairns that can be found within the surrounding area.

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 30m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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