Arthur's Stone - Maen Ceti

by David Nurse April. 17, 2020 293 views

Many ancient monuments have the name "Arthur's Stone, but this dolmen situated in the centre of the Gower peninsula in South Wales is mounted on top of what is a small mountain and is overlooking the mouth of the River Loughor and onto Carmarthen Bay.

This Neolithic burial site is known locally as Maen Ceti or the Stone of Ceti.

The capstone of a quartz conglomerate has an estimated weight of 25 tons, and measures around 13 feet wide and 7 feet high. It was once larger than this, but at some time in the past, a 10-ton section of the stone broke off and now lies cracked at the side of the cairn. Legend has it that the patron saint of Wales, St. David cleaved the stone apart with his sword in protest of Druid worship.

The capstone is supported by 4 uprights although the evidence is that there may have been more originally.

This monument has been well known and well documented and was probably first mentioned in Welsh Triads of the 10th Century. In the 15th Century, it is recorded that Henry VII's (born in Pembrokeshire castle), troops, en route to the battle at Bosworth Field, made a one hundred mile detour to visit the stone. This was presumably to support Henry's claim to be the new Arthur.

Another legend relates to the Dolmens English name, Arthur's Stone, and tells how King Arthur while marching to the Battle of Camlann, found a pebble in his shoe, Tossed it aside and the stone grew with pride to it's current size.

Like many of these legends relating to this type of megalith, it is also said that the capstone travels down to the estuary on New Year's Eve to drink from the river.

Maen Ceti was once referred to as one of “the three arduous undertakings accomplished in Britain.” the other two being Stonehenge and Silbury Hill.

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Guillermo Huerga Borrego 1 year, 5 months ago

Interesting story, thanks for sharing it, regards and take care.

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David Nurse Replied to Guillermo Huerga Borrego 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you for your comments.

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Heike 1 year, 5 months ago

Very cool megalith. Love the legends around it!

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David Nurse Replied to Heike 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks for your comments. I too love the legends with these stuctures.

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Spock Prosbear 1 year, 5 months ago

#2 nice pic!

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David Nurse Replied to Spock Prosbear 1 year, 5 months ago

Thank you.

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David Robertson 1 year, 5 months ago

Man..great write up.  Shelly and I are thinking about making a Britain and Scotland trek once the virus issue settles or dies.  I will have to put that one on the list..perhaps for a new years visit.

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David Nurse Replied to David Robertson 1 year, 5 months ago

Thanks for the kind comments. If you do come to the UK please look at comming to South west Wales or the Brecon Beacons. You'll love it. Take care.

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