Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
Regional Historic Environment Record

Stone Settings, Llyn Eidew Bach

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 996
Trust : Gwynedd
Community : Talsarnau
Unitary authority : Gwynedd
NGR : SH64163460
Site Type (preferred type first) : Prehistoric STONE SETTING
Status : Scheduled Monument

Description :
Second feature SW of (Me 60 (a)) consists of a series of small stone settings included within the remains of one or more setting of larger orthostats, perhaps stone circles. The small settings are probably funerary and one group what appears to be a cist or central pit. <1>

Just to the S of the trackway leading towards Bryn Cader Faner is a complex setting of small pointed stones, mentioned by Gresham. These have been planned by students from Plas Tan y Bwlch. The best defined feature is a 2.2m by 1.8m oval contiguous edge-set slabs. Some of these stones have been disturbed or removed and the central area has been dug out. 6m to the S is a low, roughly circular cairn of stones, 3.5m in diameter, to the W of the two sides above are three stones set on end, the largest being 0.9m high, spaced 2m and 3m apart, apparently forming an alignment. To the E are some 31 small stones, mostly still set on end, in an area some 5m diameter, which may have been a series of 3 or more concentric circles. The centre of this area has been dug out. Immediately to the S is the largest stone of the complex, 1.25m long, lying on its side. This has a markedly flat base and may once have been stood erect. Running SW from here, for some 20m is a linear concentration of stones some set on edge, possibly the remains of an "avenue". The site has been badly damaged both by frost and, possibly, by being robbed for material to built the adjacent coach road. (Crew, 1981)

A complex setting of small stones, the tallest being 0.9m high. It includes a small oval feature 2.2 by 1.8m, of edge set stones. The centre has been dug into to a depth of 0. 5-0.7m. To the se of this are some 30 small stones set on edge, covering an area about 5m diameter. The "avenue" mentioned above is a doubtful feature, but again consists of small stones set on end. The tallest stone is one of three, forming a rough alignment. Stone settings are often found adjacent to standing stones and other Bronze Age monuments (see G. Wiliams, the Standing Stones of Wales and SW England, 1988, BAR 197). <3>

A complex site consisting of several individual groups of small upright stones within a related area. A proper measured plan is needed, which might make more sense of the lay-out, but seems to consist of several adjacent small stone settings, perhaps cist burials. Close by the 'ancient' trackway alongside which are several cairns, but not intervisible with Bryncader Faner. Hut circle settlement close by (Smith 2001).

Sources :
Crew, P. , 1981 , Stone Settings, Llyn Eiddwen Bach , Archaeology in Wales : Vol. 21 : p. 28
Smith, G. , 2001 , Survey of Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Monuments in Wales: Meirionnydd, 2000-2001 ( © GAT)
Smith, G., and Steele, N. , 2005 , Pan-Wales Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Sites Survey: Trial Data Synthesis ( © GAT)
Smith, G. , 2000 , PRN 996 , <4>

Events :
40529 : Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Monuments: Meirionnydd (year : 2001)
40527 : Pan-wales Prehistoric Funerary and Ritual Sites Survey: Trial Data Synthesis (year : 2005)

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Compiled date : 22-01-1991

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