Esgair Draenllwyn

Location

Wales Powys Mid Wales SN 93030 95050
Lat 52.5427368   Long -3.57880799

 

Plan of Esgair Draenllwyn stone setting. Source: Jones, N.W. and Owen, W.G., 1999 (CPAT Report 315).

Characteristics

Type: Stone setting Length: 5.4m
No. of stones: 3 Size of stones: Small and medium
Orientation: Altitude: 440m
Upper end: – Lower end: –
Straight (Yes or No)  : Sea View: No
Context:  Cairn
Notes: Excavated. Stones set in very shallow sockets. No dating evidence.

Other Information

Public Access:  Yes
Land Status:
Scheduled Ancient Monument: MG297

Identification

Category: Unlikely. This site was originally identified by CPAT as a possible stone row. Survey and excavation has confirmed that there is no evidence to support this interpretation. The excavation revealed that the stones are all set within shallow sockets whilst a fourth stone which is now missing had been set in a more substantial hole.  The excavators have suggested that given the ephemeral character of the sockets that the three standing stones were erected fairly recently.  Whilst this interpretation cannot be entirely dismissed it is perhaps more likely that these stones were raised in prehistoric times.  It is known from elsewhere (e.g. Butterdon Hill and Colvannick) that much larger standing stones were erected in shallow sockets and therefore the absence of deep sockets does not preclude a prehistoric date. The excavations did however confirm that this is very unlikely to be the remains of a stone row.

Online Resources 

Coflein     Archwilio     CPAT Report 315

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