Mesopotamian Britain – The Dagon Stone

Is There A Dagon Stone In Wales?

The author Richard P Slater with the Dagon Stone
The author Richard P Slater with the Dagon Stone

Tal-y-fan, a captivating landscape in the extreme north of the Welsh Snowdonia mountain range, is one of the most mysterious in the entire British Isles.

Standing at 2001 feet, Tal-y-fan barely makes the grade of being a mountain.  Yet this unassuming large hill is more intriguing and mysterious than any other high peak of North Wales.

The reason; ancient megaliths. These enigmatic stones are found everywhere around the summit of this ancient igneous height of rock, some of which still bear the markings and symbols of an unknown race that left them there.

Walking up to the peak of this mountain from any direction, you are bound to come across some form of pre-historic sculpture.

Stone-circles, cromlechs, standing stones and subterranean chambers can all be found around Tal-y-fan.

You may be wondering why this region is any more complex than any other ancient site in Britain, or even the world. But compared with other megaliths found throughout Britain, the Tal-y-fan group appear to be an oddity.

There are a variety of sites in the British Isles that can display a coherence, or relationship between each other. But not so at Tal-y-fan.

Let’s not take away the genius of the megalith builders right away. But on first glance, the structures look like they have been dropped in random places almost haphazardly.

A Megalithic Mystery

There appears to be no order amongst these stones. One dropped here, one over there. A few dropped in a jumble upon a hillock. So what’s going on?

The answer to this is, nobody knows. I have searched for data, asked both local and national researchers and found nothing conclusive or plausible.

Sure, some people have come up with various theories and those esteemed fellows of higher education have supplied us with their interpretation, not only of the Tal-y-fan sites, but megaliths all around Britain, and the world.

It’s a mystery. All the stones are different. They are all sourced from the immediate environment, but it’s not only the shape of them that stands them apart from each other, it’s the positioning. It makes no sense!

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Of all the sites found around the slope, there is one that intrigues me the most.

Its “official” name is Cae Coch, but through occurrences, specific research and intuition, I and those who converse with me, know it as The Dagon stone.

Call it over active imagination. Call it Lunacy. Call it desperation to find answers. But I cannot get the image of this deity from my mind when I see this stone.

But why would the Mesopotamian “Lord of the Watery Depths” appear on a singular slab of flat stone on a mountain slope in north Wales?

Who is Dagon?

Dagon is an ancient Mesopotamian archetype associated with fertility and grain. Essentially, he is a God that relates to agriculture given the similarities with nurturing and growth.

A Typical image of Dagon: Image courtesy of Wiki Creative Commons
A Typical image of Dagon: Image courtesy of Wiki Creative Commons

But Dagon is more commonly known as a God of the sea and this generally portrayed as a half man, half fish, or with a cloak of fish scales.

The close proximity to the coast may be of significance to the location of this stone together with the region being associated with agriculture for its wealth of fertile soil.

The river Conwy also cuts through these hills and would have been used as a link between land and sea. There are other sites that are part of this complex which supports this theory and I will link them together in later articles.

Admittedly, I am no expert in the aging of rock, but there is clearly an image on the Western facing side of this standing plate. And it does look like the image of Dagon carved into Sumerian tablets.

In Britain we do not have many examples of ancient art left in the countryside so this discovery could have sizable implications with regards our ancestors.

If it is an impression of a Sumerian deity, it ties in with a theory of an intelligent mariner race that brought high civilisation to the British Isles; the Phoenicians.

The Phoenician link

It seems the history taught in the school education system is flawed. It is subjective and full of gaps. After many years of questioning this somewhat limited perspective, I decided to look for evidence that would fill in the gaps myself.

My studies inevitably took me to the near east and the pieces began to fit together. It was then that I began to seriously consider the historical and cultural connection between Britain and Mesopotamia.

I will not go into a lengthy text about our past history here, but the evidence is everywhere. Modern Britain and its culture has roots in the ancient Sumerian civilisation.

I feel confident in saying this despite no official connection being observed and presented by mainstream authorities.

Our flags, our place names, our coins, our aristocracy, our capital city, our system of government, the alphabet and, (now we are discovering) our ancient sites and ancient mines and quarries, all show evidence of having come from overseas – and particularly from the Middle-East.

St. George's Flag

Most of the ancient sites in Britain are to be found along coastlines, or near to ancient mining sites or quarries. This suggests two things;

  1. The builders were mariners
  2. They were interested in the mineral wealth of the environment

Now, if we take what historians and archaeologists tell us as the truth, then most of the megalithic sites of Britain were created around 3500-1000BCE.

Who else travelled the seas and exploited the mineral wealth around those times – according to accepted history? The Phoenicians! Who are the Phoenicians? They are the mariner or pioneer/prospecting/trading race of the Sumerian culture.

It is apparent to anyone that researches European history that it was the Phoenicians that brought modern civilisation to Europe.

Do not take my word for it. We all have access to information. Do some research into British and Mesopotamian culture, myths, legends, art, text, language and symbolism and you will notice a pattern emerging.

I spent month after month researching and meditating on these themes, before getting an urge to go on a field trip into the Tal-y-fan Mountains near to where I live.

And walking along the slopes and surrounding countryside, I came to discover tantalizing megaliths that bear a strong connection to the so-called “cradle of civilisation”.

The Dagon Stone

This brings me back to the Dagon Stone.

The strong impressions of Sumerian culture were imprinted into my mind while I travelled through the countryside. Approaching this stone from the west, something greeted me.

Is this a representation of Oannes, or Dagon? Or is it just a coincidence? True, it just could be the way lichen and the stone has weathered and aged through the millennia.

Regardless, it does look like a very warn picture of a Mesopotamian deity. The image also faces west, which is associated with Dagon.

Dagon Rock on Taly-y-fan
Dagon Rock on Taly-y-fan
Bas relief in the Louvre courtesy of Wiki-Commons
Bas relief in the Louvre courtesy of Wiki-Commons

His name has changed numerous times throughout history; Oannes, Baal, Elil, El, Tarhunt, to name a few, but the essence of the Deity was always the same.

His associations were also as numerous as his names. He was associated with; fertility, vegetation, grain, water, the depths of the ocean, fish, sacrifice, war and death.

Like all the gods and goddesses of the ancient world, he was portrayed differently by different cultures and territories and likewise the associations of him changed according to the needs and admirations of the populations concerned.

He has been venerated, hated, feared, demonised, adored and abandoned. In our modern cultural perspectives and attractions, he is both malevolent and terrifying, a creature of repulsion.

Secret cults and horror

Strange secret cults gathered in dark underground temples; isolated and hidden caves along a deserted coastline. Sailors on ships far out to sea, made offerings to the depths.

All are modern interpretations of the Gods presence and influence. His resurgence can be found in modern culture such as the American horror/sci fi writer, H.P. Lovecraft.

We cannot only suppose that the people responsible for The Tal-y-fan group, (also for the rest of the British megaliths) had good intentions when they erected their monoliths.

Subterranean cremloch in Wales

They could quiet easily have been a sinister sect, exerting their influence on newly terra-formed lands practicing their strange and often disturbing rites in full view of all who passed by.

And Dagon certainly seems to hold a macabre and sinister persona. His modern, disturbing image cements that opinion.

Welsh Dagon or Dragon?

So it’s a complex situation to be in, trying to pin one trait to this deity. He seems to represent the full spectrum of possibilities; sinister and indifferent to humanity on the one hand, benevolent and guardian of humanity’s health on the other.

But the attributes of all deities give us a look into the minds of the ancients. What do we see when we gaze into those supernatural Gods? Nothing but ourselves.

Linking myth, legend and art from any age to the megaliths, gives us a clearer perspective and truer opinion of the evolution of man. In terms of understanding the human psyche, we have not evolved one iota!

If we want to understand history better, follow the names and words. They change from time to time, but the original theme is always there.

Dagon, a deity often portrayed as a scaly/amphibious creature, is not that dissimilar to a dragon, a creature always portrayed as a scaled serpent or lizard.

Other Phoenician links to North Wales

Near to these sites and in plain view of Tal-y-fan from the Conwy river is another megalith with Mesopotamian links.

The name of this site is Allor Moloch. This site will be explored in more detail, in a future article. But for the benefit of my theory about the entire Tal-y-fan region, I can happily say that Moloch was/is an ancient Phoenician and therefore Mesopotamian Deity.

Allor Moloch cremloch
Allor Moloch cremloch

It is therefore no coincidence that this this site came to be known as Allor Moloch!

What was happening on the welsh mountains all those thousands of years ago?

The Dagon stone was placed with clear views of the Irish Sea to the West and North. One side of its face is in full view of the Sun rising in the East. It’s Western face, (Dagon image side) catches the Sun as it dip’s below the watery horizon.

This is ancient symbolism for death and rebirth, the transformation of the human soul in life and the afterlife.

It was placed here to lock into these daily events and to symbolise the natural force of their chosen God.

Dagon the fish God, even has a monolith in his honour shaped into a scale. This stone could easily represent a fish scale, a lizard/serpent scale, or a dragon scale.

The whole area was likely chosen to honour of the God force of Earth and Water, two key elements required for growth and the survival of mankind, both agriculturally and spiritually.

And there are more sites along this mountain ridge that tie in with the fertility rites of humanity. This place to me is about life and regeneration.

Most megaliths are almost always associated with death and the afterlife by archaeologists and historians. But they always overlook the cycles of emotional and spiritual growth and the evolution of our true nature?

Symbolic monoliths

The stone stands just over 7 foot high, 5 foot wide and around 2 foot in depth. It may be a very weathered and diminished specimen today, but in its original condition, was it any different?

dagon stone mountain viewThis stone has been shaped to resemble something, to represent something, and to highlight something. It looks like a scale. It has what could be residue from an interpretation of a Mesopotamian deity. Its broad plate like form, catches the Sun as it rises from the land and sets into the water.

This stone is a symbolic tool, a tantalizing clue into the intentions the genius builders of ancient times had. It was just one flash of inspiration that brought me to look and focus on the Mesopotamian link to Britain.

Like a symbolic time capsule, it took me across eons of time and across continents separated by cultural differences and opinions in modern times. Like a vast library, it gave me knowledge and insight into its creators.

I doubt this stone was intended to remain unconnected and aloof from the others in the area. So a focus on its neighbours is called for.

This singular symbolic monolith starts the trail of evidence. Today I cannot fail to be amused by the absolute lack of research into the Mesopotamian connection to Britain.

Some qualified researchers have drawn the same conclusions, but their work is largely ignored by academic representatives who do not see the anomalies in the orthodox version of our past.

Surely we need to keep an open mind on the subject of pre-history?

In the next installment of Mesopotamian Britain, we will look at the other sites around Tal-y-Fan Mountain and reveal more home truths academia has failed to publish.

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