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Waen Fach Standing Stone

A Scheduled Monument in Llanegryn, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.6236 / 52°37'24"N

Longitude: -4.0782 / 4°4'41"W

OS Eastings: 259423

OS Northings: 304893

OS Grid: SH594048

Mapcode National: GBR 8S.7SL6

Mapcode Global: WH575.BB81

Entry Name: Waen Fach Standing Stone

Scheduled Date: 25 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3939

Cadw Legacy ID: ME223

Schedule Class: Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Category: Standing stone

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanegryn

Traditional County: Merionethshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a large, impressive and well-preserved standing stone, which probably dates to the Early Bronze Age (c. 2000-1500 BC). It is some 1.9m high, 1.3m wide and 0.8m thick, with the longer axis aligned east to west. It is situated in a valley-bottom position on a locally prominent knoll.

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 be 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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