This site is entirely user-supported. See how you can help.
We don't have any photos of this monument yet. Why don't you be the first to send us one?
If Google Street View is available, the image is from the best available vantage point looking, if possible, towards the location of the monument. Where it is not available, the satellite view is shown instead.
Latitude: 51.6352 / 51°38'6"N
Longitude: -3.759 / 3°45'32"W
OS Eastings: 278360
OS Northings: 194395
OS Grid: SS783943
Mapcode National: GBR H4.8C5H
Mapcode Global: VH5GV.S5M9
Entry Name: Deserted Rural Settlement North of Foel Fynyddau
Scheduled Date: 30 August 2001
Source ID: 816
Cadw Legacy ID: GM551
Schedule Class: Domestic
Category: House platform
County: Neath Port Talbot (Castell-nedd Port Talbot)
Built-Up Area: Pontrhydyfen
Traditional County: Glamorgan
The monument comprises the remains of five circular/rectangular earthen building platform, which probably date to the medieval period. There are four earth platforms, set in pairs and likely to represent the earliest phase of occupation. The smallest measures 9m by 5m and the largest 13m by 5m and all have been built at 90 degrees to the prevailing slope in order to provide flat bases for timber buildings. The fifth round platform has been set along the contour of the hill and retains the stone footings of a building apparently used as a barn during the 17th and 18th centuries. It is possible further platforms may be located in the forest.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement. The monument forms an important element within the wider medieval context and the scheduled area may be expected to contain a wide range of archaeological information, including chronological detail and evidence in regard to construction techniques and agricultural methods. House platforms may be part of a larger cluster of settlement and their importance can 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.