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Berth Ddu Hut Circles

A Scheduled Monument in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7839 / 52°47'2"N

Longitude: -4.0908 / 4°5'26"W

OS Eastings: 259089

OS Northings: 322751

OS Grid: SH590227

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.XNRK

Mapcode Global: WH56D.4984

Entry Name: Berth Ddu Hut Circles

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2453

Cadw Legacy ID: ME004

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dyffryn Ardudwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a two round huts, with entrance passage and terraces above and below. Most of the field walls around seem to be on old terraces or field banks; for instance, the E boundary of the next field to the N is on a big terrace, and a badger sett to the W of this may be utilising a smaller one (both outside SA). There are some probable stony terraces within the woodland, to the W, but these are very overgrown. What is probably the lowest of these terraces is only just above the footpath, and well outside the SA.

There is a linear gully running W which is traceable on and off down to the path and beyond; this may be the continuation of the walled access path or may be an old stream bed (or both, at different times).

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

Source: Cadw

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