SN7361 : Gwys yr Ychen Bannog

taken 10 years ago, 5 km from Pontrhydfendigaid, Ceredigion/Sir Ceredigion, Great Britain

This is 1 of 2 images, with title Gwys yr Ychen Bannog in this square
Gwys yr Ychen Bannog
Gwys yr Ychen Bannog
Gwys yr Ychen Bannog is a 2km long linear ditch thought to be a pre-historic boundary demarcation (Coflein[1]: LinkExternal link ). It radiates northwestward from Garn Gron's west top LinkExternal link across bog (where it isn't visible on the ground) towards and across y Bryn, the minor hill on the left in the picture. It can be seen as a linear, slightly lighter brown line crossing y Bryn just to the left of the centre of the picture. With a little imagination, it can be traced back towards the camera in the dark brown part of the bog ahead. Not much has changed since pre-historic times: the modern day political boundary (between Ystrad Fflur and Tregaron Communities) runs parallel 200m to the south along the fence that stands out on the left, crossing the top of y Bryn.
A series of images showing different sections of Gwys yr Ychen Bannog, from east to west: LinkExternal link LinkExternal link LinkExternal link LinkExternal link LinkExternal link LinkExternal link .
The name Gwys yr Ychen Bannog means 'furrow of the horned oxen'. There is a pair of Ychen Bannog in Welsh mythology which are thought to have been extraordinarily strong beasts. Tradition has it that they dragged a large rock used when building the church at Llanddewi Brefi some 8km southwest, engraving the furrow in the landscape in the process[2]. Clearly, the Ychen Bannog didn't have OS maps - Llanddewi Brefi lies on a bearing at right angles with the structure!
[2] R Gwyndaf, MD Jones; Welsh Folk Tales, National Museum of Wales (1989); Google Books link: LinkExternal link
1. Coflein
The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) maintains a web data base ('Coflein') of all the records it holds. Each data set has a short description and is classified in terms of period and function, and sources of surveys of the location are given. Search Coflein at: LinkExternal link
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Date Taken
Sunday, 15 March, 2009   (more nearby)
Saturday, 21 March, 2009
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Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 7304 6150 [10m precision]
WGS84: 52:14.2204N 3:51.6388W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 7334 6135
View Direction
West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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