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Hut Circle Settlement at Crawcwellt South

A Scheduled Monument in Trawsfynydd, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.847 / 52°50'49"N

Longitude: -3.9311 / 3°55'51"W

OS Eastings: 270044

OS Northings: 329473

OS Grid: SH700294

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.SRK2

Mapcode Global: WH562.LP8R

Entry Name: Hut Circle Settlement at Crawcwellt South

Scheduled Date: 22 July 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 883

Cadw Legacy ID: ME171

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Trawsfynydd

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument consists of a dispersed hut circle settlement, probably dating to the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c. 800 BC - AD 400). The settlement comprises a number of hut circles, the foundations of round houses, set within the remnants of an early field system. The huts vary in size and, though obscured by peat formation, are generally well-preserved. Clearance cairns are also present and there is a possibility that some of the cairns may have had a funerary use. The site also has wider significance as part of a large prehistoric landscape which includes another settlement at Crawcwellt North, 1.5km to the north-west, where excavations have produced evidence for iron working.

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. The archaeological potential of the site is further enhanced by the features being preserved in peat which usually provides good conditions for preservation of organic material.

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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