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Hut Circle Settlement at Gelli Gonan

A Scheduled Monument in Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9914 / 52°59'29"N

Longitude: -3.9496 / 3°56'58"W

OS Eastings: 269237

OS Northings: 345564

OS Grid: SH692455

Mapcode National: GBR 5Y.HF38

Mapcode Global: WH55H.92HK

Entry Name: Hut Circle Settlement at Gelli Gonan

Scheduled Date: 20 May 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1513

Cadw Legacy ID: ME173

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Unenclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Ffestiniog

Built-Up Area: Blaenau Ffestiniog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hut circle settlement that probably dates to the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c.800 BC - AD 400), consisting of the foundations of four hut circles and some associated enclosures or yards. Also present in close proximity to the earlier structures is a rectangular hut representing later occupation or continuity of use of the site, likely to date from the medieval period or earlier. The site lies on the approximately level top of a low ridge within a valley between Tanygrisiau and Blaenau Ffestiniog and demonstrates good survival of structural features.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric domestic construction practices. The monument retains significant archaeological potential and there is a strong probability that structural evidence has survived, together with internal and external floor surfaces, both within the huts and in the associated yards.

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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