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Gwern Engan Concentric Enclosed Hut Circle

A Scheduled Monument in Penmaenmawr, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2734 / 53°16'24"N

Longitude: -3.871 / 3°52'15"W

OS Eastings: 275331

OS Northings: 376794

OS Grid: SH753767

Mapcode National: GBR 1ZDL.R8

Mapcode Global: WH53Z.HZWD

Entry Name: Gwern Engan Concentric Enclosed Hut Circle

Scheduled Date: 11 November 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1537

Cadw Legacy ID: CN299

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Penmaenmawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the little disturbed remains of a hut circle settlement consisting of two huts, the foundations of round houses, probably dating to the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c. 800 BC - AD 400). One of the huts lies within a concentric circular enclosure.

The concentrically enclosed hut circle is a rare type, few of which have survived intact, making its continued survival particularly important. The archaeological significance of this hut is further enhanced by the close proximity of the second, probably contemporary hut. 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, including surviving floor levels.

The scheduled areas comprise the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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