Standing Stone near Miskin Manor


This standing stone was discovered at Miskin during fieldwork in advance of the construction of the M4 motorway.

Following excavation it was removed and re-erected 16.5m SE of its original position. The stone stands in the bottom of a shallow valley with a number of springs which contribute to a small stream in the valley bottom, passing 11m N of the stone. It consists of a slab of Pennant sandstone. In its original position, the stone stood vertical, with a maximum height of 1.2m above the surrounding ground surface, which had been hollowed to a depth of c0.12m by activities of livestock. The broad sides of the stone faced N and S, the average width being 1.65m, and the thickness varying from 0.51m on the E to 0.39m on the W.

The stone bears an inscription AT LAST OCT 30 1919 RW; documentary evidence shows that this was added in error at the conclusion of a land dispute, instead of on the natural outcrop in the field to the West.


A limited excavation in 1976 during motorway construction showed an oval, or boat-shaped, area of compacted stones 1.55×1.45m, covered a roughly semicircular shallow pit to the N of the stone, containing a whetstone and a flint with secondary working. The socket for the stone contained a massive slab of Pennant sandstone1.50m wide and up to 0.30m thick, leaning against the rear of the socket; its shape and character suggested that it had broken from the upper part of the standing stone. This fill of the socket contained a second whetstone.

Just north of this stone there is also the remains of a medieval sunken trackway