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Hut Circles at Clip yr Orsedd

A Scheduled Monument in Penmaenmawr, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.2565 / 53°15'23"N

Longitude: -3.9338 / 3°56'1"W

OS Eastings: 271091

OS Northings: 375018

OS Grid: SH710750

Mapcode National: GBR 0ZZS.4C

Mapcode Global: WH544.JDZW

Entry Name: Hut Circles at Clip yr Orsedd

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1998

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1516

Cadw Legacy ID: CN283

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Penmaenmawr

Built-Up Area: Penmaenmawr

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises a small, well-preserved unenclosed hut circle settlement of the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c. 800 BC - AD 400). The settlement consists of the foundation walls of three hut circles, which are the foundations of round houses, one displaying an annexe. Also present are several, probably associated, clearance cairns and field banks. It is possible that the hut settlement was contemporary with the period of occupation of a Romano-British period hillfort which stood at Braich-y-Dinas, above Penmaenmawr, which no longer survives.

The archaeological significance of the site is enhanced by its survival in an area which was probably well settled during this period, but where remains have not always been preserved. 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 internal and external floor levels.

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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