Megalithic Mysteries: The Ancient Sites of Conwy

Evidence of Worked Stones In North Wales

View from Tan-y-Fal Mountain
View from Tal-y-Fan Mountain

Recently, I paid a visit to see my good friend, Richard Slater in Conwy, North Wales. Rich shares my interest and fascination in ancient cultures and was keen to show me several megalithic sites he has discovered.

And the stones have clearly been worked. There is evidence of cuts with 90 degree angles and the surfaces are smooth and level. The stones appear to have been worked on with some form of ancient machinery.

Conwy is a beautiful part of the world; a sedate village with a 12th Century castle, medieval walls and a quaint bay. Situated on the coast of the Irish Sea and surrounded by the foothills of Tal-y-Fan Mountain, the charming scenery is admirable from many view-points.

Although, there are no stone circles or significant structures remaining on the grassy slopes of Tal-y-Fan, there is certainly sufficient evidence to prove the ancient peoples inhabiting this region thousands of years ago worked with stone.

Sadly, many of the sites have been desecrated. Rich told me local farmers in the 17th and 18th Century were actively encouraged to destroy and remove the stone structures found in the area. The locals obeyed.

But they could not or did not destroy everything as there are still plenty of standing stones, rock chambers and worked stone laying around. Below is are some of the most significant prehistoric stones we found.

Allor Moloch

In a farmer’s field near a bend in Conwy River is a Cromlech with a huge capstone weighing around 25 tons. Historians call this ancient oddity a “burial chamber” but to our knowledge, no bodies have ever been buried here.

Allor Moloch, a sacrificial altar dedicated to the Mesopotamia God, Moloch

The site is known as Allor Moloch, meaning the “altar of Moloch,” a demon God worshipped in ancient Mesopotamia nad probably introduced to the peoples here by the sea-faring Phoenicians.

Historical accounts such as Kings 23:10 in the Bible speak of “sacrificing your son or daughter in the fire of Moloch.” Whereas some historians interpret this literally, it probably actually relates to the spiritual practice of killing your own demons developed during childhood.

The three standing stones of Bwlch-y-Ddeufen

Situated along the south eastern slope of Tal-y-Fan Mountain, overlooking the Conwy Valley to the north and Anglesey to the west, are three standing stones that from certain angles appear to be positioned in a triangular pattern.

Three standing stones arranged in a triangle..?It seems apparent they were placed here to serve a purpose, but with a distance of around 100-200 meters between each one, it is difficult to say what exactly they were used for. They are too far apart to be aligned with a star system, although could be celestial markers. They could of course, be what remains of a larger structure here.

Standing stoneOne of the standing stones is made from limestone, whereas the other two are granite. This in itself is curious, and something for which I have no explanation – although not as curious as the hole that appears to have been bored into the western face.

Hole bored into an ancient standing stoneThe hole is about the height of the solar plexus chakra which is positioned just above the belly button. Considering these stones emit electromagnetic energy, could this stone have been used for charging the solar plexus energy centre.

In alchemical symbolism, the solar plexus is associated with the sun, hence its name. It is from the solar plexus chakra that we generate self-confidence and will power that give us the courage to act on thoughts and emotions.

Cae Coch – “the Dagon Stone”

Further along the path walking away from Anglesey, is another curious rock, one which appears to have been painted. The surface is covered with a black and yellow substance that is not naturally produces on rock, nor have we found it on any other rocks in the area.

Stone with painted image of the fish God Dagon

But look at the image carefully. On close inspection the figure shares a resemblance with the Mesopotamian fish god, Dagon. This is obviously only an assumption on our part, but is consistent with reference to other Mesopotamian likenesses that were probably introduced to the region by the Phoenicians.

Drawing of Assyrian Fish God Dagon
Image courtesy of Wiki Creative Commons

In the image above, Dagon is the character wearing a fish on his head. This appears to share a likeness with the streak of yellow paint, the colour of the sun used to identify when a figure in a painting is “illuminated” as a God.


Further along the path, mounted on a slight hill is another Cromlech, known as Maen-y-Bardd, the “seat of the bard.” It is quite clearly a man-made structure with a large rock balancing on five other stones. It appears as though two stones have been removed.

A stone CromlechScholars have also described this and other such structures as “burial chambers.” You can sit inside it, but there is little room inside to lay a body flat out. The ground has not been dug into either. I sat in there for a while and meditated. Seemed appropriate given its name – bard’s need time to contemplate.

The Giant’s Arrow

In the lower field, close to where the seat of the bard is situated, is a tall standing stone called the giants arrow. It could be that these two stones have some symbolic connection relating to fertility. I will explain why I think this when I show you the next site we come to in the adjoining field.

The Rhiw Chamber

I found the Rhiw Chamber most intriguing. There is evidence of symbolism here that I am familiar with. In my opinion, it is more evidence “primitive tribes” in the UK were practicing the same spiritual rituals as ancient cultures elsewhere around the world.

In this instance, the underground chamber and surrounding stones appear to be a fertility site. This is still quite evident despite many of the stones having been moved and broken.

vagina and phallus in stone

The fertility chamber represents the vaginal passage or womb, and the rock in the foreground is the male phallus. However, as you can see in the picture below, the phallic stone has been broken, but intact would probably have resembled the nearby “giant’s arrow” pictured above. You can tell by the trajectory of the lower stone that its tip would have jutted upwards at an angle.

Broken phallus stoneWhen I was in Peru, I visited the Temple of Fertility near Puno. Although the authenticity of the present site is debatable, the temple and the carved penis-shaped rocks are hundreds of years old. The ancient cultures of Peru did engage in fertility rights as the stone phallus’ attest.

Close to the womb of the Rhiw Chamber, we found a stone pushed under a tree that has a very curious image on it. It certainly looks as though the rock has been carved using tools to reveal the pink quartz crystal in the rock.

Fertility carving cut into stoneQuartz is sensitive to magnetic energy, but the curious thing about this stone is the pattern that has been carved into the surface. It could represent the vulva, but if you look closely, there is a faint circle etched into the rock that follows upwards into a shape that resembles the Vesica Pisces.

Could the circle form represent the ovary and the grooved shape is the sperm. Is this a picture of the female egg being fertilised? There are some questions we may never answer, but our next discovery is irrevocable proof that whoever worked on these stones had tools or techniques of cutting stone with something other than flint.

Tal-y-Fan Quarry

Just beyond the fertility chamber in the next field we saw more stones grouped together so climbed over the wall to take a look. What we found appears to be a quarry. There are lots of worked stones that appear to have been cut by machine tools…

Cut stone in shape of Vesica Pisces The stone in the image above appears to have been cut into the Vesica Pisces symbol which represents creation. This symbol is nearly always cut in the roofs and doorways of churches, especially the early and medieval Christian churches.
Ancient stone with a deep cut in the faceThis stone has a deep cut into it, almost like the slot of piggy bank or one-armed bandit. Rich and I are completely baffled by this find. At this point, we have absolutely no idea what purpose it might have served.

Large stone with chunks cut outThis stone has clearly been worked. The cut ridges are not formed by natural weathering and the surface was smooth to the touch. The straight lines and cut angles could only have been made by advanced tools or some form of chemical.

worked stone with flat surfaceThe stone above appears to have had a piece shaved out of it, although there is no evidence of what the missing piece, or should it have been the case, this particular stone was used for. There are many lose stones scattered around the area although some were arranged in a straight line.

A line of stonesThese stones appear to have been intentionally placed in a straight line and probably formed part of a larger structure. It is possible that other stones strewn around the area, many of which had been cut, were once a part of an important site use by the ancients for ritual or initiation purposes.

level cut on a very old stoneThe face of the cut stone above shows evidence that whoever was working these stone had tools and techniques that could cut flat, level surfaces. Rich held his mobile to the face and there was not sign of gap right the way along the stone cut. There are many other stones on Tal-y-Fan with the same features.

It is apparent there is a untold period of history missing from official records of mankind and our supposed evolution. The deeper you dig, the more mysterious and interesting the evidence becomes.

Tell us your thoughts about the mysteries of ancient cultures and whether you think there is something we are not being told about our past by leaving a message in the comments field below.

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