Brwyno-Canol

View from the south east.

A probable single stone row measuring 5.8m long, including at least 4 medium and large-sized stones originally standing up to 1.4m high, situated near the top of a prominent ridge. The row is orientated west to east and originally had a sea view which is now obscured by forestry.

Location

Wales Ceredigion Mid Wales SN 71571 96666
Lat 52.55260476   Long -3.895780862

Map showing the location of Brwyno-Canol stone row.

Plan of Brwyno Canol stone row (Source: 1:200 survey by Sandy Gerrard and Sophie Smith). Stone highlighted in green is recumbent.

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 5.8m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 95° Altitude: 261.6m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  –

Notes: A fifth stone standing in the vicinity of the row is unlikely to have formed part of the stone row mainly because it does not seem to be set firmly into the ground.  Dense forestry prevented an assessment of the visual links to the landscape, but Heywhatsthat.com shows that a clear view of the sea would otherwise exist together with a restricted view of Cadair Idris.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: No

Identification

Category: Probable. Whilst in its current form this site looks like a stone row the possibility should be acknowledged that it may be another form of structure which has seen considerable alteration/damage.  On the basis of the available evidence a prehistoric row interpretation seems most probable.


Typology

This stone row is of Type S3. Information on this form of stone row and other rows of this type is available here.


Photographs

Plan showing the position of the numbered stones.

Looking west along the row (Scale 1m).

Stone 1 on the left measures 1.60m long, 0.79m wide, stands 1.13m high and would have originally stood 1.4m high. This stone leans severely to the south.  View from south east (Scale 1m).

Stone 1 in the foreground and others beyond. View from WSW (Scale 1m).

Stone 2 (right of ranging rod) has been fractured into two stumps and now measures 0.4m long by 0.37m wide. The western part of the stone measures 0.16m high and the eastern fragment 0.46m high.

Stone 3 in the foreground and others beyond. This stone measures 0.32m long by 0.13m wide and stands 0.40m high. View from ESE (Scale 1m).

Stone 4 (right of the ranging rod) is largely hidden below the soil, although its outline was determined by prodding. This stone measures 1.60m long by 0.47m wide and only part of it barely protrudes above the ground surface.This stone probably fell southward. View from south east (Scale 1m).

View from WSW (Scale 1m).

View from west (Scale 1m).

 

Stone 5 is a large orthostate measuring 0.50m long by 0.20m wide and standing up to 1.68m high.  It appears to be leaning against the drystone wall and is probably not very deeply set into the ground.  It is not on the same alignment as the other stones and this combined with its position at a wall junction suggests that it is much more likely to have been erected at the same time as the wall.  It is perhaps significant that the wall leading south is composed of similar sized slabs which have been laid flat. View from west (Scale 1m).

Stone 5 is very unlikely to have formed part of the stone row. View from north (Scale 1m).

Access Information

This is not an easy row to get to.  Limited parking is available at SN 70705 96376. From here walk along the track past Brwyno Canol into the forest.  The tracks within the forest are overgrown and it is recommended that a GPS is used to help navigation towards the row.

Acknowledgements

I would like to thank Sophie Smith for considerable help with the pre-survey research, the survey itself and on-site discussions.

Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Coflein     Archwilio


Timeline

VISITED:- 1st September 2018

FIRST PUBLISHED:- 12th February 2016

LAST UPDATED:- 15th March 2019

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