One of our favourite places ,high above the beautiful landscape of the Dee Valley is the stone Circle Moel Ty Uchaf. Meet at Hendwr Bridge at 11.30 . Suitable footwear and outdoor clothing is essential.
OS reference :SJ 05613717. The circle consists of 41 surviving stones and is around 12 meters across.
CADVAS Walk to Moel Ty Uchaf
Moel Ty Uchaf is thought to date to the Bronze Age . It is presumed that the monument was the focus for significant ceremonial and ritual activity . Lack of evidence from any excavations on the monument hamper further analysis , however the surrounding landscape reveals possible funerary monuments in the form of at least two cairns and at least four possible cists. A platform is clearly identifiable down slope south of the stone circle
The raised , circular platform cairn identifiable as belonging to the Bronze Age . It is around 16 metres in diameter and may have once consisted of a ring bank of stone with a surrounding kerb . At some point the centre of the cairn was filled with stones to form a level platform . These monuments are thought to be ceremonial/ritual and sometimes funerary monuments . In other areas excavations have revealed cremations have been placed within the circles and then covered by the platforms at sometime in the history of the monument .
The platform cairn is found at OS reference :SJ 0564537112
CPAT have produced a detailed walk around the area which takes in most of the sites which we will be visiting in the future .Details can be found at this link http://www.cpat.org.uk/walks/moeltyuchaf.pdf
As you walk around this landscape look out for the large amounts of quartz which is incorporated in the ceremonial and burial monuments . The use of quartz is frequently found in a ritual context throughout Britain and Ireland from prehistory to the present day