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(C) Sandy Gerrard

In a press report published this morning the discoverer of the Mynydd y Betws stone row, ex-English Heritage field officer and now freelance archaeologist Dr Sandy Gerrard is reported as saying the monument came within 20 minutes of being destroyed and a digger had to be halted in its tracks.

“In fairness to the developers they stopped work instantly – we have no criticism at all on that score,” he told the South Wales Guardian. “As it is, the row has been cut in two places by the windfarm access road. What does concern us is that at no time was anyone asked to carry out a basic survey of what’s visible on the ground”.

In a further development Dr Gerrard has told the Heritage Journal that the stone row is only one of a number of features that he has now found that should have been highlighted and he is now working on a map to show “all the features that appear to have been missed”. We hope to publish it shortly.

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