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Cwm Caseg Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Bethesda, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1774 / 53°10'38"N

Longitude: -4.0254 / 4°1'31"W

OS Eastings: 264732

OS Northings: 366395

OS Grid: SH647663

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.3SRK

Mapcode Global: WH54H.4DDG

Entry Name: Cwm Caseg Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 31 August 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3838

Cadw Legacy ID: CN314

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Deserted Rural Settlement

Period: Medieval

County: Gwynedd

Community: Bethesda

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument consists of the remains of a small deserted rural settlement, probably dating to the medieval period. It comprises the stone foundations of two small long huts, probably of contemporary date, along with a number of associated agricultural structures, including a likely ancillary building or shelter and a large enclosure. The two dwellings are well preserved and one displays evidence for a central hearth.

The monument has archaeological importance because of the variety of features present, their state of preservation and the lack of disturbance. It 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. A deserted rural settlement may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

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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