Arthog Standing Stones

Arthog WPP1070712

An alignment of stones at Arthog. View from the north.

Location

Wales Gwynedd Rest of Wales SH 65279 13929
Lat 52.70618244   Long – 3.99545713

 

Arthog plan

Plan showing the Arthog stone row (black) and the kerbed (pink) cairn (grey). After John Hoyle. Original available at Sky and Landscape.

Originally interpreted as a stone circle, the surviving evidence best fits the idea that this is a kerbed cairn associated with a truncated stone alignment. It has been suggested by Lynch that stones C and D “may have been moved when the monument was incorporated into a field wall” (Lynch, 1995, 56).  Whilst this suggestion cannot be wholly refuted, the stones stand some distance from the former field wall and tantalisingly the form of the site is very reminiscent of the stone alignments at Lakehead Hill East and Merrivale 3, where stones of earlier stone rows had been partly incorporated into a later cairn. On balance, the lack of any evidence to support the field wall interpretation combined with the powerful parallels lends considerable support to the hypothesis that this site represents a stone alignment. Final confirmation, as with so many rows, may only be possible after excavation.

 Characteristics

Type: Single Length: 5m
No. of stones: 4 Size of stones: Large and medium
Orientation: 73° Altitude: 208m
Upper end: – Lower end: Cairn
Straight (Yes or No)  : No Sea View: Yes
Context:  Cairn
Notes:

Other Information

Public Access:  No
Land Status:  Snowdonia National Park
Scheduled Ancient Monument: ME105

Identification

Category: Probable.  This alignment of stones is most likely to be a stone row. The relationship with the cairn is typical and the visual appearance strongly supports a stone row interpretation.


Photographs

Arthog WPP1070714

The stone alignment and kerbed cairn are situated on a natural terrace with spectacular, but restricted views towards the Llyn Peninsula. 

Arthog WPP1070713

A confused jumble of stones at ground level. View from the north.

Arthog WPP1110555

Makes more sense when viewed from above.

Arthog WPP1110557

The stone alignment leads towards a kerbed cairn which seems to have incorporated at least two of the stones.

Arthog WPP1110557 zoom

An alignment of four stones situated next to a large quartz boulder. The boulder may have originally formed part of the alignment or cairn, but could also have been moved here in more recent years.

Access Information

Car parking is available at SH 65755 14316. Walk south along the public highway to SH 65863 14226. From here head south along a footpath to SH 65545 13823. Then head west to SH 65288 13938. The row is in the field on your left and can be seen clearly. Permission to enter the field will need to be sought locally.


Online Resources 

Megalithic Portal     Modern Antiquarian     Coflein     Archwilio

Sky and Landscape

Other References

Lynch, F., 1995. A guide to ancient and historic Wales – Gwynedd, H.M. Stationery Office.

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