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MAENI HIRION, PENMAENMAWR

Site Details


NPRN 300889

Map Reference SH77SW

Grid Reference SH72287464

Unitary (Local) Authority Conwy

Old County Caernarfonshire

Community Penmaenmawr

Type of Site STONE CIRCLE

Broad Class Religious, Ritual and Funerary

Period Bronze Age

Site Description An embanked stone circle, c.35m diameter, and one of the finest stone circles in Wales.

'The Druids' Circle', of large stones standing in a low bank 2ft. (0.6m) thick, at 1,300 ft (396 m). above O.D. The moorland on which the circle stands is level, but falls away steeply a short distance to the north. Ten stones remain upright, one has fallen, and two are represented by hollows left by their removal. Four of the upright stones reach a height of 6ft. (1.8m) Several smaller stones rest on the bank. There is a ruined entrance 7ft. (2.1m) wide on the west. The interior is free from stones, save for a small modern cairn.' (RCAHMW 1956, 89-90).

Excavation in 1958 showed that the bank was originally 0.5-2.0m across, with a SW facing entrance. A central cist contained an unurned cremation deposit, other such deposits, unurned and otherwise, occurred about it.
The excavations showed that the site had recently been used as a picinic ground.

Sources: Griffiths 1960 (PPS26), 303-309;
RCAHMW 1956 (Caernarvon. I), 90 [271].

T. Driver, RCAHMW, Sept 2011.

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