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Enclosed Hut Circle Settlement at Fridd Bodyfyddau

A Scheduled Monument in Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.8911 / 52°53'27"N

Longitude: -3.8875 / 3°53'15"W

OS Eastings: 273107

OS Northings: 334294

OS Grid: SH731342

Mapcode National: GBR 60.PXVK

Mapcode Global: WH55X.8L1H

Entry Name: Enclosed Hut Circle Settlement at Fridd Bodyfyddau

Scheduled Date: 12 December 1997

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1496

Cadw Legacy ID: ME168

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Trawsfynydd

Traditional County: Merionethshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a complex, well preserved and impressively complete nucleated settlement of multiple hut circles, which probably dates from the first millennium BC. The site comprises five round huts, some of which have internal features, and central yard grouped within a small enclosure which is in turn set inside an irregularly shaped rectilinear earthwork and stone outer enclosure. The settlement has an elaborated entrance displaying antennae-like banks. The importance of the site is enhanced by the presence of a series of narrow cultivation ridges to the north of the settlement which demonstrate the continued use of the site for arable farming into later, probably medieval periods.

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.

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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