Tyfos Cairn/Kerbed Circle Llandrillo

Tyfos Cairn Circle looking towards Moel Ty Uchaf on the distance hill

Tyfos Cairn Circle looking towards Moel Ty Uchaf on the distance hill

If you have ever climbed to the stone circle of Moel Ty Uchaf high above the Dee Valley and looked across the valley you may have made out the stone cicle called Tyfos Uchaf lying on the north-west just above the flood plain .

It has been suggested that the site was originally a round barrow which over time has been denuded to the form which we seen now , that of a ring of stones which appear to form a stone circle (Bowen and Gresham 1967). There does appear to be the remains of a bank associated with the stone circle

The circle is raised from ground level and appears to be banked

The circle is raised from ground level and appears to be banked

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Tyfos  Circle to farm

Thirteen stones remain forming a circle approximately 17 metres in diameter . It’s possible that as many or more stones have been removed from the site over time
The stones are  on a level platform above the ground surface around 28 metres across . The area of the monument extends further than first meets the eye and resembles the mound of a cairn at this point. The exact function of the circle is unclear but it is likely to have had a funerary /ritual  purpose

Extension of the circular ,kerbed monument

Extension of the circular ,kerbed monument

It is possible to view the distant site of Moel Ty Uchaf from near here and this raises the question as to whether the two monuments were contemporary and if so was there a relationship between the sites and the people who constructed them ? It is possible that the River was a natural boundary between the sites and also the social groups who built them , one circle on the high ground and nearly directly opposite the stone circle on the valley floor . Both Tyfos and Moel Yy Uchaf may have had a central cist . Lack of formal excavations renders interpretation and function unclear

There may have been a ceremonial, ritual and social significance  behind the location and construction of the two monuments  and a survey of the associated and surrounding sites may help construct a theory as to why the builders chose these locations over 4000 years ago if these circles are to be assigned to the Bronze Age .

OS reference SJ028388  Landranger Map Number: 125

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