Moody Monday…… Standing in Time

Maen-Llia,-Brecon-Beacons

Maen Llia, a lone standing stone, in the wilds of the Brecon Beacons, South Wales

Monday and everyday…….

Please Remember ….

Stay Safe …. Be Kind…. Look After Each Other

11th April

(C) David Oakes 2022

 

5 thoughts on “Moody Monday…… Standing in Time

    • There are several within a wide area… Standing over 12ft tall this Bronze Age stone on the moors below the western slopes of Fan Fawr in the Brecon Beacons, South Wales, is just one more mystery stone, one of thousands that are dotted across the British countryside. Like Maen Llia most of these stones are in isolated and often high locations.

      For many of these stones there is strong archaeological evidence as to the possible use and importance of the stones and their location. But for others it is just left to speculation and legend. Many, and possibly Maen Llia was one, were just marker stones of ancient track ways. Some were to mark important territorial boundaries, others are claimed to have religious significance, truth may never be known…. but whatever the purpose it most have taken much manpower to move and position these monster stones. Many are also inscribed with symbols or script, but on Maen Llia the moss and lichen have done a great job of hiding any markings to which weather erosion has added its destructive hand . As to rumour…. well legend locally says that at midsummer Maen Llia drinks from the river, Afon Llia. I for one believe that, for at sundown on and around midsummer the shadow of Maen Llia is at its longest and just touches the banks of the river.

      Many Stones (individual or collections like Stone Henge) have professionally researched and documented history. Some like Maen Llia archeological/historic detail is thin on the ground…. adds to the mystery.

      Whatever the true purpose of many of these Standing Stones we may never truly known, but it does add an air of mystery to our exploration of the countryside. I also know that on a bleak, wet and misty day on the moors these stones do become important way markers …. even though I have the benefit of a modern map and compass.

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