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Enclosed Hut Group at Nurse Cae Du

A Scheduled Monument in Maentwrog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.934 / 52°56'2"N

Longitude: -3.9522 / 3°57'7"W

OS Eastings: 268890

OS Northings: 339182

OS Grid: SH688391

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.M6F6

Mapcode Global: WH55P.8J82

Entry Name: Enclosed Hut Group at Nurse Cae Du

Scheduled Date: 9 January 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1003

Cadw Legacy ID: ME163

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Maentwrog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a small but substantial and undisturbed enclosed settlement, which probably dates to the late prehistoric or Romano-British periods. Two large circular huts and one long rectangular hut can be clearly seen, ranged around a central courtyard. Associated are field enclosures and paddocks, and a short distance away are the remains of a later rectangular structure also with associated paddock. Trackways can similarly be identified although their date is uncertain.

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 archaeological potential of the area is further enhanced by the association with field boundaries, paddocks and the trackway while the more recent rectangular structure provides added interest.

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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