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Deserted Rural Settlement North of Llyn y Fedw

A Scheduled Monument in Talsarnau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8811 / 52°52'52"N

Longitude: -4.0351 / 4°2'6"W

OS Eastings: 263147

OS Northings: 333458

OS Grid: SH631334

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.QJ9M

Mapcode Global: WH55T.ZVP4

Entry Name: Deserted Rural Settlement North of Llyn y Fedw

Scheduled Date: 26 January 2000

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1654

Cadw Legacy ID: ME189

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Talsarnau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument is a complex site comprising the well preserved remains of two or more settlements including both prehistoric and medieval occupation. The earliest remains are two Iron Age hut circles, the foundations of round houses, which are inter-connected by stone walling which defines a central terraced yard. Later occupation is represented by a substantially built rectangular building, probably dating from the medieval period. This had two rooms, one attached as a side porch or annex from the main building. The site has close similarities with nearby Erw Wen settlement, shown by excavation to be well preserved and rich in archaeological information.

The site has archaeological value because of the number and diversity of structures preserved and the long time span of occupation. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric domestic life and social organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of structural evidence and associated archaeological features and deposits.

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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