Bronze Age rock art found in Brecon Beacons
Published: Tuesday 18th Mar 2014
Written by: The Wales Cottage Holidays Team
Dating back more than 4,000 years, rare prehistoric rock art has been found in the Brecon Beacons. While similar art has been discovered in other parts of the British Isles, it is a rare find in in the Brecon Beacons and Mid Wales and the exact location is being kept a secret. Experts claim the stone probably served as a way marker for farming communities. Measuring about 1.45 x 0.5m (4ft 9in x 1ft 8in), it has 12 hollow (cup) marks of various shapes and sizes on the face. Although it now lies flat on the ground, the stone would probably once have stood upright.
The chance discovery, made by a national park geologist who was working on land maintained by the National Trust, offers a significant understanding of human cultural history in the region. The rock art probably dates from the early to middle Bronze Age period - 2500 BC to 1500 BC – and what makes the find unique is that there are no other later prehistoric standing stones in this area of Wales that are cup marked. Cup marks were the most common prehistoric rock art form in Britain and Europe. There are a good many prehistoric ritual sites in the Beacons but no previous recorded findings of rock art. Search out some of the ancient sites when staying with Wales Cottage Holidays! Danycrug Barn and the Ground Floor at Danycrug are situated on a farm just north of Brecon, while 7 Maes y Cribarth lies at the southern boundary of the Brecon Beacons National Park.