Today I have been up on the mountain, and am more and more convinced that there is something important waiting to be discovered in the area to the north of Tafarn y Bwlch -- around grid ref SN 083345. This is where MPP and his colleagues will be digging next September, looking for proto-Stonehenge and a giant stone circle. But I think those matters are of minor significance compared with the other things waiting to be explored on the common. And the obsession with Stonehenge is unfortunate to say the least, given that the prehistoric features in this area are quite important enough in their own right as the local archaeologists seek to work out what was going on in the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.
Forgive the purple prose (it's catching!) but I think there is a veritable treasure trove up there.
I have made a number of posts before. For the record, they are here:
Having "looked at the "awkward slope" again today, I've changed my mind and now think that the slope is not a great problem. If there was a ring of stones there on the outer edge of the "platform" to the south of the hill summit, I think all the stones would have been intervisible if the circle had a diameter of maybe 100m or 110m. If it had a diameter of 140m, as has been suggested by some, I think the lowest stones on the slope would not have been visible from the highest ones, and so it would not have made any sense. Also, if there really was a big circle here, why were the four known stones (one standing and three recumbent) not set further to the north, where there is plenty of room, thereby allowing a whole circle to be placed on a flatter area rather than a sloping one? Lots of questions...... some of which might be answered when the diggers return in September.
This is the key report which gives the regional context: