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Hut Circles & Enclosures on Buarth Maen

A Scheduled Monument in Llwydcoed (Llwytgoed), Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.738 / 51°44'16"N

Longitude: -3.4308 / 3°25'50"W

OS Eastings: 301297

OS Northings: 205334

OS Grid: SO012053

Mapcode National: GBR HL.1PRQ

Mapcode Global: VH6CX.HL40

Entry Name: Hut Circles & Enclosures on Buarth Maen

Scheduled Date: 11 June 1979

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2290

Cadw Legacy ID: GM401

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Unenclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Llwydcoed (Llwytgoed)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a group of hut circles that probably date to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74). Situated on a shelf of open moorland at above 400m above OD. The site consists of a complex of enclosures and hut circles covering an area roughly 250m long north-south by 150m across east-west. About 15-18 hut circles are visible and 2 small rectangular huts together with two or probably three large irregular enclosures are outlined by partly tumbled dry stone walls 1-3m wide and on average about 0.5m high.

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.

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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