Stone row at Maen Mawr.
In the Brecon Beacons in South Wales are two stone rows which are very similar in character. Both consist of a single row of three stones. This is not unusual in itself as 34% of all single rows have only three stones. What is unusal is that each stone is very different in size. Nowhere else in Great Britain has this configuration been identified. Rows formed by three stones are usually composed of similar sized stones, but the rows at Nant Tarw and Maen Mawr which are situated 6.2km apart are very different. It is unlikely that it is a coincidence that they are found in such close proximity and this may suggest a local adaptation of the basic design. Innovation, individual expression and experiment would seem to have been part of the stone row building culture – but some ideas for what ever reason do not seem to have caught on. Certainly this particular idea does not seem to have spread beyond a small area of the Brecon Beacons. Both rows also stand close to stone circles perhaps indicating that whatever the rationale behind this ultimately unsuccessful development it may have in some way been connected with stone circles.
Stone row at Nant Tarw.