Category Archives: Astronomy

Some thoughts on the Gwyl Ffraed sunrise line and related times and places

by Olwyn Pritchard

This is an article reproduced from the private blog. Some of the links & mentions refer to other private articles, so will not click through. A few of these may be posted in this public blog at a later date. You are advised to subscribe to this blog.
A documentary and a book are in the wind that will provide a great deal more information.
Thank you Olwyn, for another great article. – Ellis

 

Gwyl Ffraed sunrise at Ffraed’s Well, Llanllawer.

Ellis asked me if I could investigate the Ffraed’s Day sunrise alignment, as seen from Her Holy Well at Llanllawer. Here’s what I found..

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Y Ddraig at Gaer

by Olwyn Pritchard

Gaer  is a ‘Fort’ on the side of the road at Bayvil, near Nevern, Pembrokeshire… [Gaer] is locally famous among archaeologists as a prehistoric monument re-used by early Christians as a burial place. It was excavated in 1979 and found to be packed with stone cists aligned east-west, within a stone faced bank.

 

Today I am delighted to post what I hope will be the first of many articles by the wonderfully accomplished archaeoastronomer, Olwyn Pritchard.

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Parc-y-Meirw (Field Of The Dead)

 

parc y meirw 1809 by Colt Hoare

 

Parc-y-Meirw (Field of the dead), Llanllawer, Pembrokeshire, Wales.
Stone Row
Not on the Ffraed
Grid reference: SM998359
Ordnance Survey

The name actually refers to the field, not the stones. Parc-y-Meirw (Field of the dead), is so called because generations-old local folklore says this field is  where the fallen from a battle (Mynydd Carn – 1081¹) between the Welsh princes were laid to rest. Two megaliths, once part of a straight row of giant bluestones, now act as the gateposts to this field.

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