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Ceunant Egryn Enclosed Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7652 / 52°45'54"N

Longitude: -4.0682 / 4°4'5"W

OS Eastings: 260550

OS Northings: 320628

OS Grid: SH605206

Mapcode National: GBR 5S.YVMT

Mapcode Global: WH56D.GRZH

Entry Name: Ceunant Egryn Enclosed Settlement

Scheduled Date: 18 May 1989

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 271

Cadw Legacy ID: ME099

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dyffryn Ardudwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire

Description

The site is of the concentric-circle type with one side formed by a sheer drop to the stream and the other (N) scarped into the slope above and faced with walling. The remains of this wall now do not stand above the ground surface on the upper side, or barely, but there was probably once a free-standing wall above the retaining walling. There is little in the way of evidence for walling on the S, above the drop, and the ends of the wall seem to fade out before they reach the edge (although on the W the wall seems to turn towards the hut site before petering out), so there may have been little more than a fence or palisade on this side - or the stone has all fallen over the edge.

The interior evidently has been levelled to some extent, as is clear from the way the ground has been cut away at the back. The central hut circle can just be traced on the ground, but shows up more clearly on air photographs.

There is what appears to be a well-defined and perhaps ancient trackway passing the site on the N, which has the appearance of revetting along the lower side. The whole area is covered with field walls, some of which are likely to be contemporary with the site. There is an especially good field system stretching away to the W .

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric settlement practices. It is an important relic of the prehistoric landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of environmental and structural evidence, including preserved internal and external floor levels.

Source: Cadw

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