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Hut Circle Settlement North of Bryn Mair

A Scheduled Monument in Betws Garmon, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1061 / 53°6'22"N

Longitude: -4.2186 / 4°13'6"W

OS Eastings: 251577

OS Northings: 358849

OS Grid: SH515588

Mapcode National: GBR 5L.87QQ

Mapcode Global: WH54S.56D3

Entry Name: Hut Circle Settlement North of Bryn Mair

Scheduled Date: 17 December 1997

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1497

Cadw Legacy ID: CN261

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Betws Garmon

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises a well preserved nucleated settlement of four hut circles, the foundations of round houses probably dating to the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c. 800 BC - AD 400), along with some contemporary enclosures and fields. The huts vary in size and are of variable construction. They have a variety of surviving structural features, including an unusual funnel-shaped entrance porch associated with the largest 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 suriviving internal and external floor levels. The importance of the site is enhanced by the presence of other contemporary settlements and extensive field systems within the vicinity.

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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