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Submitted by Johnny on Monday, 30 September 2002  Page Views: 19376

Neolithic and Bronze AgeSite Name: Maen Madoc
Country: Wales County: Powys Type: Standing Stone (Menhir)

Map Ref: SN91821577  Landranger Map Number: 160
Latitude: 51.830035N  Longitude: 3.571273W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
4 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
4

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Maen Madoc
Maen Madoc submitted by sem : Maen Madoc. It is possible that before the planting of the conifer forest this stone was intervisible with Maen Llia, about one and a half miles away. If so this is evidence that it predates Roman times. (Vote or comment on this photo)
This imposing inscribed stone, almost 2.7 metres in height, stands high on the moors alongside the Roman road, Sarn Helen.

The Latin inscription, "DERVACUS FILIUS JUSTI IC JACIT", now difficult to read, translates as "stone of Dervacus, son of Justus. He lies here". Despite its adoption as a Roman memorial stone, it is possible that Maen Madoc had a much more ancient origin and may have been erected in Bronze Age times.
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Maen Madoc
Maen Madoc submitted by Johnny : Maen Madoc Inscribed Stone: (Powys, SN 918 157) This imposing inscribed stone, almost 2.7 metres in height, stands high on the moors alongside the Roman road, Sarn Helen. The Latin inscription, "DERVACUS FILIUS JUSTI IC JACIT", now difficult to read, translates as "stone of Dervacus, son of Justus. He lies here". Despite its adoption as a Roman memorial stone, it is possible that Maen Madoc h... (Vote or comment on this photo)

Maen Madoc
Maen Madoc submitted by Energyman : An image from above the height of the concealing trees. Maen Madoc is just out of shot lower centre. The summer solstice sunrise would have been visible at ground level, sighting on the summit of Fan Fawr. Arcturus would have skimmed the Eastern slope of Fan Nedd in 2300BC. However, I don't believe Maen Llia would have been visible because of the small rise near Blaen Llia. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Maen Madoc submitted by Energyman : I've tried to make the inscription clearer in this photo by bringing up the contrast and so on in RAW format then saving it as a JPEG. The red end of the 2m pole is pointing north (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Maen Madoc submitted by hamish : This is the inscription as described by Johnny on his post. Not easy to read. Maybe with different shadows it could be read. (Vote or comment on this photo)

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Maen Madoc submitted by hamish : Looking towards the Roman Road.

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Maen Madoc submitted by Horatio : Looking from the Roman Road of Sarn Helen

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Maen Madoc submitted by Horatio : 'DERVACUS FILIUS JUST IC JACIT' Showing the Latin inscription on the side of this stone which is very difficult to read. Next to the Roman road of Sarn Helen it's not surprising that it has been utilised by the invading Romans. This inscription translates as 'stone of Dervacus, son of Justus. He lies here'

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Maen Madoc submitted by Horatio : An imposing stone easily seen from the Sarn Helen Romam Road, this is the view is as you approach from the north east

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Maen Madoc submitted by Apocryphus : January 28th 2017 Maen Madoc alongside Sarn Helen Roman Road

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Maen Madoc submitted by Energyman : Sarn Helen continues NE from Maen Madoc to a Roman Camp, just under 1k towards the car park. This is a panoramic stitch of the camp, taken from the drone. On the left you can make out the western ditch, very straight, from bottom to the trees, and the trees on the far right form the southern border. Fan Nedd is just visible above the trees (centre), with Fan Llia as the obvious peak to the ri...

Maen Madoc
Maen Madoc submitted by Energyman : Here I brought the drone a little lower and turned it to the north west to take in more of Maen Madoc itself (lower right) and its position in relationship with the trees. Fan Nedd is the prominent peak right of centre.

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Maen Madoc submitted by hamish : Seen on the approach from the North.The Sarn Helen Roman Road is on the right.

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Re: Maen Madoc by Anonymous on Saturday, 02 September 2017
I wondered also whether it was visible from Maen Llia. It appears to have been moved, originally being located 5m further south (downslope?) (according to Helen Burnham''s ''Guide to Ancient and Historic Wales: Clwyd and Powys'') - if this is accurate, I can''t see why it was moved as it''s away from the forestry track. It was excavated around 1940, so perhaps moved then. In any case, speculation as to intervisibility seems pointless if the current location is suspect. But if that hasn''t dampened enthusiasm, viewshed analysis in a GIS program night be the way forward (or chopping down the whole forest).



In the guide it''s clearly put in the early medieval section with no suggestion that it was a re-used prehistoric stone - I presume the excavation found no prehistoric evidence...
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