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Stone Circle 200m south west of Cerrig Cynant

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0826 / 52°4'57"N

Longitude: -3.7509 / 3°45'3"W

OS Eastings: 280117

OS Northings: 244141

OS Grid: SN801441

Mapcode National: GBR Y6.BVM1

Mapcode Global: VH5DJ.XXXB

Entry Name: Stone Circle 200m SW of Cerrig Cynant

Scheduled Date: 6 August 1979

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 240

Cadw Legacy ID: CM225

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Stone circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanfair-ar-y-bryn

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a stone circle, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). The stone circle measures approximately 20m in diameter and consists of eight stones set in a semicircle, with two further stones to the north completing the circle. The northern half of the circle, with only these two stones remaining, is presumably ruined, as the stones are only c. 20cm in height, some in the northern sector could be buried beneath the turf.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric burial and ritual practices. The features are an important relic of a prehistoric funerary and ritual landscape and retain significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of both intact ritual and burial deposits, together with environmental and structural evidence. Stone circles 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. It is a rectangle measuring approximately 73 metres by 65 metres.

Source: Cadw

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