Thursday, 12 July 2012

1000 Years BC

Everyone knows that the Bronze Age comes between the Stone Age and the Iron Age and that it is a period characterized by the use of copper and its alloy bronze as the chief hard materials in the manufacture of some implements and weapons. But how many places have Bronze Age monuments all around the local landscape? Step forward the Llŷn Peninsula!

We have many Standing Stones and also a very prominent Bronze Age burial cairn in excellent condition considering that it is at least 3000 years old.

This is Carngwuch-just to the south of the Yr Eifl hills near to Llanaelhaearn
It is fine hilltop cairn 6metres high and 30 metres across. It is no casual heap of stones. It is founded on a large boss of natural rock, and added stone has been revetted with a well built wall.
It is situated on Open Access land and is best approached from a lane leading around the mountain from the B4417 just East of Llithfaen.


  1. I've seen a lot of the standing stones across the landscape. Can anyone tell me what their purpose was?

    1. Their most likely use was as part of religious ceremonies, but some may also have been used as astronomical calendars -

  2. Can you imagine moving all those stones? I wonder how long it took them to build.