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Enclosed Hut Circle North of Tyddyn Mawr

A Scheduled Monument in Dyffryn Ardudwy, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7657 / 52°45'56"N

Longitude: -4.0904 / 4°5'25"W

OS Eastings: 259052

OS Northings: 320724

OS Grid: SH590207

Mapcode National: GBR 5R.YW9B

Mapcode Global: WH56D.4RF4

Entry Name: Enclosed Hut Circle North of Tyddyn Mawr

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1468

Cadw Legacy ID: ME159

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dyffryn Ardudwy

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the particularly well preserved and complete remains of a substantial, stone-built enclosed homestead of the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c. 800 BC - AD 400). The massive enclosure wall surrounds an oval interior which contains a single large hut, partly built into the N enclosure wall. There are indications of old field walls nearby which maybe associated. The site is broadly contemporary with other settlements in the vicinity.

The monument is a type of site common in Merionnydd but rarely found at such low altitude. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric settlement practices. It is an important relic of the prehistoric landscape and retains significant archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of environmental and structural evidence, including preserved internal and external floor levels. Its low-lying and poorly drained location suggest that organic material may survive. Its value is further increased by the group value with the other broadly contemporary settlements in the vicinity.

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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