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Gamallt Hut Circle Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9763 / 52°58'34"N

Longitude: -3.8856 / 3°53'8"W

OS Eastings: 273488

OS Northings: 343772

OS Grid: SH734437

Mapcode National: GBR 60.JJMF

Mapcode Global: WH55J.8GZ4

Entry Name: Gamallt Hut Circle Settlement

Scheduled Date: 30 July 1993

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3241

Cadw Legacy ID: ME137

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a scattered group of circular huts and enclosures lying in a craggy, undisturbed upland pasture on the NW side of Afon Gamallt. The settlement has not been excavated but can be dated by analogy to the Iron Age or Romano-British periods (c. 800 BC - AD 400). The remains have been slightly disturbed by a more recent structure, possibly a hafod, but generally the hut foundations and stoney banks are clearly visible. The site is particularly important because of its proximity to known mineral deposits.

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. There is also the potential for environmental analysis in the low lying wetland at the foot of the slope.

Source: Cadw

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