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Waen Bant Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7001 / 52°42'0"N

Longitude: -3.9966 / 3°59'47"W

OS Eastings: 265177

OS Northings: 313253

OS Grid: SH651132

Mapcode National: GBR 8W.2W2C

Mapcode Global: WH56T.LD1C

Entry Name: Waen Bant Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 26 April 1989

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2491

Cadw Legacy ID: ME125

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a standing stone, which probably dates to the Bronze Age (c. 2300 - 800 BC). It tapers towards its top and stands 1.9m high, measuring c.0.6m x 0.5m at its base. It is situated on the crest of a north-south ridge at the south end. It commands extensive views towards the north and west and is visible from some distance away. It overlooks an ancient routeway through the Meirionnydd hills, and is among a number of sites in the local area which represent the ritual and settlement landscape along this routeway.

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. It is circular and measures 10m in diameter.

Source: Cadw

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