LLECH LLIA, RECUMBENT MONOLITH

Site Details



NPRN
409642
Map Reference
SN91NW
Grid Reference
SN92381908
Unitary (Local) Authority
Powys
Old County
Brecknockshire
Community
Maescar
Type of Site
STANDING STONE
Broad Class
Religious, Ritual and Funerary
Period
Bronze Age

Site Description

A boulder which projects from a roadside field bank on the west side of the Llia valley is perhaps a fallen monolith. The visible projection measures 1.3m long, about 0.6m thick and 0.6m wide. The bank may have incorporated the stone which then subsequently fell away from it. The distance between the centre line of the bank, at the point where the stone is embedded, and the tip of the stone is 2m.
The site lies within a ritual complex comprising Maen Llia (NPRN 84541), a ring barrow (84544) and a round cairn (84539) which form a precise geometric relationship. The stone lies exactly at the mid-point between Maen Llia and the ring barrow, reinforcing the impression that this stone forms part of the ritual complex. If so, it remains possible that the stone was always recumbent.
Information about the site was provided by Andrew Davies of Abergavenny.

David Leighton, RCAHMW, 16 October 2009

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