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Sampson Cross Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Stackpole and Castlemartin (Stackpole a Chastellmartin), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.6293 / 51°37'45"N

Longitude: -4.9456 / 4°56'44"W

OS Eastings: 196230

OS Northings: 196382

OS Grid: SR962963

Mapcode National: GBR G8.0CFT

Mapcode Global: VH1SD.79BV

Entry Name: Sampson Cross Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 15 March 1960

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2069

Cadw Legacy ID: PE345

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Stackpole and Castlemartin (Stackpole a Chastellmartin)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC) and is situated onground that slopes gently to the north-east. The stone measures 5ft 6ins x 4ft x 2ft facing north-west and has a smooth and rounded back with cup marks. 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.

Source: Cadw

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