Harold's Stones

The Harold's Stones are a scheduled ancient monument consisting of three large monoliths of conglomerate stone (also known as puddingstone). These stones are believed to date back 3,500 years to the Bronze Age. The reason why they were erected is unknown.

The stone row has been described as "the most visually impressive of the alignments in South Wales". They form an approximate line running between north-east and south-west, which probably indicates the midwinter sunset. However, the midsummer sunrise can't be excluded on account of the lack of precise alignment of the stones.

According to legend, the stones mark the spot where three British chieftains fell in battle with King Harold of the English. The stone row derives its name from this legend. However, the stones predate Harold by 2000 years. 

In another legend the stones were flung from Skirrid Mountain by the mythical Jack of Kent in a competition with the Devil.

The stones stand on a slightly elevated ground close to running water and springs, which might be relevant to the choice of the site. Some people believe the monument had a ceremonial purpose relating to the cycle of life.

The Harold's Stones are located in a field in the village of Trellech in Wales.

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