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Din Lligwy Ancient Village

A Scheduled Monument in Moelfre, Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

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Latitude: 53.3507 / 53°21'2"N

Longitude: -4.2593 / 4°15'33"W

OS Eastings: 249711

OS Northings: 386139

OS Grid: SH497861

Mapcode National: GBR HMVV.9P9

Mapcode Global: WH42G.J1ZL

Entry Name: Din Lligwy Ancient Village

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 264

Cadw Legacy ID: AN023

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Isle of Anglesey (Ynys Môn)

Community: Moelfre

Traditional County: Anglesey


The monument consists of several enclosed hut circles, the foundations of round houses probably dating to the Bronze Age or Iron Age (c.2300 BC - AD 74). The site lies close to the steep north-west edge of a limestone plateau which slopes gradually from west to east. The enclosing walls are built in straight lengths and form an irregular pentagon covering more than half an acre. The overall measurements of the enclosure are: 50m north to south and 60m east to west. The wall is from 1m to 1.5m thick and consists of two rows of facing slabs of limestone, with rubble filling between. The entrance, now ruined, is in the north east wall, and leads through a rectangular enclosure. The remains consist of two circular and seven rectangular buildings, and in addition there are two rectangular foundations outside the wall on the southern side. The average height of the hut walls is 1m to 1.5m and where best preserved they stand to 2m. The average height of the enclosing walls is 1.2m. Some of the stones in the walls are of very large size, and a few are as much as 3m long.

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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