Where did Arthur’s Stone (Maen Ceti in Welsh) come from? Myth or geological explanation?
Did it come out of King Arthur’s shoe or is it a rock that was there already?
In lockdown I cycled past Arthur’s Stone on my own personal Gower Adventures cycling route.
Arthur’s stone is situated on the north side of Cefn Bryn, one of Gower’s well-known sites of interest.
One legend informs us that King Arthur left a pebble in his shoe when he was passing through Carmarthenshire on his way to the battle of Camlann. He stopped, removed the stone, and threw it as far as he could. It fell, on Cefn Bryn, seven miles away.
The capstone of Arthur’s Stone is of Old Red Sandstone, a rock that is local to Cefn Bryn. The capstone is the same rock as the ground rock unlike Stonehenge where it is the thought the stones came from Pembrokeshire. “The glacial boulder was likely deposited, quite naturally, precisely where it now sits.” (www.atlasobsura.com)
It appears that the ground under the stone was dug out to create a burial chamber and other stones were then inserted to provide support.
Arthur’s Stone is thus a large double-chambered Neolithic tomb, dating from 4,400 BC. It was one of the first sites to be protected under the Ancient Monuments Act.