11 Mar


Carrying on with our search for ancient monuments, we came across this famous one on the hillside above Pontypridd. It’s The Rocking Stone, or Y Garreg Siglo in Welsh. This seems to be two massive stones laid one on top of the other, probably a glacial erratic placed by a glacier in the last Ice Age.  but certainly done by nature, not by people. It attracted the attention of poet and bard Iolo Morgannwg, who held the second modern Eisteddfod there in 1795.  The stone circle, The Gorsedd, was erected around it some time later by the bard Myfyr Morgannwg.

Rocking 2

Film maker Melvyn Williams and a archaeologist Dewi Bowen rocking on the stone

I’m travelling around South West Wales with archaeologist Dewi Bowen who is researching his new book on Neolithic / Bronze Age monuments. His previous book on the standing stones of Ancient Siluria (South East Wales) can be found here. Accompanying us is film maker Melvyn Williams who is recording a documentary about the our experiences. Some of Melvyn’s short films can be seen here. I’m working on a series of expressive drawings of ancestral sites and if you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.


5 Responses to “Rocking!”

  1. Koz Myk March 11, 2016 at 23:30 #

    Was a time that the stone actually rocked. I guess the council wedged it, elf n safety and all that.

    • dewi bowen March 12, 2016 at 10:03 #

      Nonsense it rocks does need at least two people to get it going.

      • Koz Myk March 13, 2016 at 17:15 #

        Really? Well they must have “unwedged” it at some point.
        I rocked it as a kid with my dad and then when I moved up to Ponty in the late 70s it weren’t rocking.
        Good to hear it is once more as it should be. 8^)

      • Koz Myk March 13, 2016 at 17:30 #

        Wait! Wait! Looking at that photo I see you’re moving the two stones. I was rocking the top stone on top of the lower one. That was the one they immobilised… a kid could rock that one by hand.

      • Rosie Scribblah March 13, 2016 at 22:38 #

        They were both bouncing on it, but I don’t think it could be done by hand. I couldn’t do it anyway 😀

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