Tyfos Uchaf

Stone Circle - Gwynedd

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SJ 02851 38767 (GPS 42min) Diameter 15.5 x 16.5m (Meas.)
Visited August 2001 No magnetic anomalies.

Standing on the banks of the River Dee, Tyfos-Uchaf, " the High, Ditched House" is a part of a local landscape rich in megalithic heritage. Contained in only a 6km stretch of the river valley are the circles of Tyfos Uchaf and Moel ty Uchaf, and the remains of three chambered tombs including that of Branas Uchaf. The Tyfos ring is said to be visible from the high vantage point of Moel ty Uchaf, but we could not spot it during our visit to that other circle.
The surviving stones at Tyfos lie lengthways, like the kerbs of the cairn some consider Tyfos to have been. We counted fifteen stones in the circle with a large gap running west to north, the circle appears to be embanked, and the stones lie just inside the crest of this bank. There are various interpretations of the original form of Tyfos, the remains of a cairn, a ring cairn, or a stone circle later filled with a cairn. We could not find a definitive classification for this site.

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