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Hut Circle Settlement and Field System South-East of Erw

A Scheduled Monument in Llanwnda, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1028 / 53°6'9"N

Longitude: -4.2257 / 4°13'32"W

OS Eastings: 251088

OS Northings: 358490

OS Grid: SH510584

Mapcode National: GBR 5K.8KZH

Mapcode Global: WH54S.280P

Entry Name: Hut Circle Settlement and Field System South-East of Erw

Scheduled Date: 29 May 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 877

Cadw Legacy ID: CN277

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llanwnda

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


This multiphase site includes the well preserved remains of an Iron Age or Romano-British (c. 800 BC - AD 400) settlement of circular huts with an associated field system, and two rectangular huts probably dating to the medieval period.

The hut circle settlement comprises an enclosed group of four huts, an individual hut with an adjoining semi-circular enclosure and two further huts, scattered amongst a field system which radiates outwards from the enclosed settlement. The medieval settlement is superimposed on the pre-existing fields and consists of two rectangular huts, the northern of which is associated with a shallow pool and yard.

The site is notable for the number and variety of the surviving structural features. Its value is increased further by its long period of use, suggestive of continuity, from the prehistoric to the medieval period. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric to medieval settlement practices. It is an important relic of the prehistoric and medieval landscapes 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 archaeological significance is further enhanced by the presence of other, possibly contemporary settlements in this area.

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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