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Area of Shrunken Medieval Village

A Scheduled Monument in St. Donats (Sain Dunwyd), Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Latitude: 51.4137 / 51°24'49"N

Longitude: -3.5448 / 3°32'41"W

OS Eastings: 292662

OS Northings: 169430

OS Grid: SS926694

Mapcode National: GBR HF.Q536

Mapcode Global: VH5HY.HQVM

Entry Name: Area of Shrunken Medieval Village

Scheduled Date: 8 January 1976

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2908

Cadw Legacy ID: GM375

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Shrunken Medieval Village

Period: Medieval

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: St. Donats (Sain Dunwyd)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument consists of a shrunken village dating to the medieval period. This is a settlement where previous house sites are now unoccupied, but visible as earthworks, crop or soil marks. An extensive area of earthworks to the north-east of the present village of Marcross is bisected by the road from Marcross to Llantwit-Major. The well defined earthworks mark the site of a number of houses, house platforms and their associated gardens and trackways.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

Source: Cadw

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