Moel Ty Uchaf – stone circle

History

   It is believed that the stone circle of Moel Ty Uchaf comes from the Bronze Age, that is in Britain for the period 2500-1500 BC, and had ritual or funeral significance.

Architecture

   The circle was erected on the top of the hill overlooking the Dee Valley. It consists of 43 stones set on the edge of the circle and has a diameter of almost 10 meters. All stones are relatively low and do not protrude high above ground level. Most of them are in contact with each other and are set alternately, in layout: one larger stone, and next one or two smaller ones. In the center of the circle there is a small mound with a diameter of up to 5 meters and a height of 0.3 meters, where there could be a small ossuary (cist). There are two gaps in the south-east of the circle, which could have been an entrance, but you can not rule out losses in stones throughout history, if only because of theft.

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bibliography:
Castleden R., Neolithic Britain: New Stone Age sites of England, Scotland and Wales, London 1992.
Website ancientmonuments.uk, Moel Ty-Uchaf Circles.
Website britainexpress.com, Moel Ty Uchaf Stone Circle.