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Craig-y-Ddinas Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7879 / 52°47'16"N

Longitude: -4.0413 / 4°2'28"W

OS Eastings: 262437

OS Northings: 323098

OS Grid: SH624230

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.XGSB

Mapcode Global: WH56D.W6R2

Entry Name: Craig-y-Ddinas Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3199

Cadw Legacy ID: ME020

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dyffryn Ardudwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a large area enclosing a small hillfort and areas of settlement on the slopes around it. The settlements are of at least two periods and incorporate field systems. There is no sign of ancient structures within the hillfort, and it is probable that it served as a defensible retreat when necessary, and possibly as a stock compound at other times, for the contemporary settlement below.

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.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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