Bryntwppa

View from west (Scale 1m).

Location

Wales Powys Mid Wales SO 08999 54157
Lat 52.178134   Long -3.3322723

Google Map showing the location of the Bryntwppa standing stones

The standing stones (red) at Bryntwppa protrude from the northern end of a long mound (Source: survey from Google Earth and fieldwork).

Plan of the stones at Bryntwppa (Source: survey by Sandy Gerrard at 1:100)

Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 4.8m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Medium and large
Orientation: 98° Altitude: 216m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Long cairn
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  No
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: RD236

Identification

Category: Possible. To all intents and purposes this looks like a stone row, a conclusion strengthened by the stones being arranged in height order with the highest on the east and the lowest in the west. However, the stones appear to be situated in a long mound and may therefore represent the remains of a structure within a long cairn. The stones are also incorporated into an historic field boundary which further complicates the situation and makes a definitive interpretation without further evidence impossible. This uncertainty is reflected in the identification category.

Photographs

View from east showing the location of the stones at Bryntwppa.

View from south (Scale 1m).

View from north west (Scale 1m).

View from north west (Scale 1m).

View from south. The stones position within a broad mound is obvious.

View from above and south east. The edge of the mound is highlighted with white circles (Scale 1m).

View from east (Scale 1m).

View from above and south west (Scale 1m). There is a cluster of smaller rocks in the vicinity of the standing stones.  These could be the result of historic field clearance or represent exposed cairn material.

View from above and north west. The edge of the mound is highlighted with white circles (Scale 1m).

View from north (Scale 1m). From this angle it is clear that the stones are within the mound. Without excavation it is not possible to know whether the stones were erected sat the same time as the mound and therefore form part of it, were earlier and therefore probably a stone row that was incorporated into a long cairn or added afterwards and therefore part of the historic land-use of this area. 

View from south west (Scale 1m).  The stone on the left measures up to 0.55m high, the middle one is up to 1.15m tall and whilst the one on the right is only 1m it is higher than the middle one because of its elevated position on the mound. 

View of “long cairn” and stones from the south west (Scale 1m).

View of “long cairn” and stones from the north (Scale 1m).

Access Information

There is no public access to this site.  Permission to visit should be sought at Bryntyppa Farm or the adjacent bungalow at SO 09051 54535.

Online Resources 

Coflein     Archwilio

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