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Standing Stones 300m west of Cefncelfi

A Scheduled Monument in Cilybebyll, Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

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Latitude: 51.7124 / 51°42'44"N

Longitude: -3.8225 / 3°49'21"W

OS Eastings: 274178

OS Northings: 203088

OS Grid: SN741030

Mapcode National: GBR H2.3779

Mapcode Global: VH4JZ.P7J4

Entry Name: Standing Stones 300m W of Cefncelfi

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 147

Cadw Legacy ID: GM342

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)

Community: Cilybebyll

Built-Up Area: Pontardawe

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of two standing stones, which probably date to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC).

Stone A - (southernmost stone) stands in a marshy field known as Cae'refail. It is of Pennant sandstone and measures 0.6m by 0.45m.

Stone B - (northernmost stone) is embedded within a field boundary. It is of Pennant sandstone and measures 0.8m by 0.5m.

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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