Well, I have been getting more details from some of the local residents, who are very concerned about the numbers of visitors turning up to inspect the site in spite of the facts that (a) it is on private land, and (b) there is no adequate parking for visitors. I’m still checking on what has been happening, but the National Park has also been concerned about people collecting lumps of "magic" or powerful rock from the exposure, and I have seen for myself that chunks have been knocked off visible exposures. I have heard from two directions that "river hunters” have been working their way along private stretches of the river. Visitors have arrived to "sing to the stones” and to "break bread with the ancestors.” The gate leading to the excavation site was left open by somebody, allowing grazing ponies to escape onto the lane near the ford.
And note this -- every single visitor to this site, no matter how deluded /misguided he or she may be, does very effective free marketing for the quarrying myth. That is exactly as intended.
So this is most definitely not funny any longer. For a decade I have been warning of the consequences of "selling" this site to the media as a site of European and even global importance. The bulk of the blame lies fairly and squarely on the shoulders of the "Stones of Stonehenge" team -- both archaeologists and geologists -- for spreading the myth that this is the location of a "bluestone monolith quarry" involved in the export of monoliths destined for Stonehenge. Over and again since 2012 they have used the media to trumpet their "astonishing" discoveries to a gullible world, and over and again newspapers and magazines have regurgitated the contents of carefully-fashioned press releases without ever asking themselves how reliable anything put out by MPP and his colleagues actually is. The latest TV docu-drama involving MPP and Alice Roberts is just the latest in a string of thoroughly dishonest and vacuous broadcasts.
I think that this beautiful site has been comprehensively abused by the archaeologists and the geologists too -- but that is another matter.
The authorities do not get away scot-free either. Their behaviour has, in short, been indecisive. The National Park, Cadw, Natural Resources Wales, and Dyfed Archaeology have all allowed themselves to be dragged into the maelstrom of bad science, confirmation bias, the weaving of fantastical myths and media manipulation -- not to mention the "invention of evidence" which my scientific colleagues and I complained about in print in 2015. Key organisations have promoted the myth that this is a quarry on their own web sites and in their own publications, sometimes for their own commercial ends. MPP has been given star treatment in the National Park's Archaeology Day year after year, with the result that there are now thousands of people out there who hang on his every word and who believe that "if he said it, it must be true."
So connivance from officialdom has also helped in the spreading of the quarrying myth -- again exactly as intended.
I'm rather convinced that nobody from any of the above listed organizations has carefully read and scrutinized the three "Antiquity" articles that purport to present the research results for Rhosyfelin, Carn Goedog and Waun Mawn. If they had, they must have recognized that all three papers throw all of the conventions of scientific writing out through the window, and mix up evidence and assumptions to such an extent that NOTHING can be trusted. They must also have noticed that the authors of the 3 papers have steadfastly refused to present any inconvenient evidence, and have steadfastly refused to cite any research articles that draw conclusions that are opposed to their own. A refusal to cite inconvenient research is a warning signal so large that you are bound to notice it. And if you notice it and still accept the findings of the work in question, shame on you.
This is a scandal that has gone on for long enough, and it is now impacting on the lives of innocent people.
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.
PS. It's been pointed out to me, with great glee, that in a discussion thread on access to bluestone sites, on TripAdvisor, in 2016, I said that Rhosyfelin was "a very pretty site, well worth a visit." Do I now regret saying that? Yes, I do, even though others on the same thread were saying the same thing. I have said similar things about all of the tors of Pembrokeshire and about scores of beautiful locations on the Pembrokeshire coast and inland. I want tourism to be spread widely, and not concentrated into honeypots. Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but five years ago I thought Rhosyfelin might see a handful of visitors per year, just enjoying the landscape of the Brynberian gorge and wandering along the public footpath. That was naive of me. I had no idea that it would be marketed so aggressively by MPP and his team as a site of international importance and possibly spiritual or ritual significance, using all the media opportunities (including TV documentaries) that came their way. My colleagues and I fought hard to prevent the site being registered as an Ancient Monument, and we succeeded in that. Sadly, we did not do enough to prevent it being flagged up as being of huge significance in the Stonehenge story. We should have fought harder.