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Hut Group 530m SSE of Cyfannedd Fawr

A Scheduled Monument in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.6846 / 52°41'4"N

Longitude: -4.026 / 4°1'33"W

OS Eastings: 263145

OS Northings: 311584

OS Grid: SH631115

Mapcode National: GBR 8V.3TM0

Mapcode Global: WH56T.4S38

Entry Name: Hut Group 530m SSE of Cyfannedd Fawr

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1972

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2488

Cadw Legacy ID: ME103

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises the remains a hut circle 6m in diameter, with walls 1.5m thick, and an oval hut 4m long, linked and partly enclosed by stone walled enclosures. The complex probably dates to the Bronze Age or Iron Age (c.2300 BC - AD 74), though the two huts appear very different and excavation has suggested that the oval one was built later than the round one. A further, less well-preserved hut circle lay to the east of the nearby stream but has not been included in the scheduled area. The site sits on a shelf in a north-west facing slope overlooking an ancient routeway through the Meirionnydd hills, and is among a number of sites in the local area which represent the ritual and settlement landscape along this routeway.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric domestic life, agricultural practices 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 scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is a rectangle measuring 65m east-west by 45m.

Source: Cadw

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