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Hut Group 750m south east of Bod Silin

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfairfechan, Conwy

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Latitude: 53.231 / 53°13'51"N

Longitude: -3.9826 / 3°58'57"W

OS Eastings: 267758

OS Northings: 372276

OS Grid: SH677722

Mapcode National: GBR 5W.0K1F

Mapcode Global: WH549.S1QV

Entry Name: Hut Group 750m SE of Bod Silin

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3480

Cadw Legacy ID: CN136

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Conwy

Community: Llanfairfechan

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


An oval enclosure 39 m x 29 m containing at least three round houses and one rectangular structure. The site is part of a larger system of other hut groups and fields. It is situated in wet, marshy ground and is covered with rushes. However, nearly all the features as planned by the RCAHMW are still clearly visible. The enclosing wall is most clearly defined on the N side where it is visible as a bank 1.7 m wide and up to 0.6 m high, of earth and small stones faced on both sides with large slabs and orthostats. The entrance (c. 4 m wide) is in the centre of the W side. Traces of an old road can be seen approaching this point from the W.

Inside the enclosure there are the remains of two round houses c. 9 m in diameter, the walls visible as low, grass-covered, stone and earth banks. To the S of the entrance a depression in the reed bed would seem to indicate a circular structure built into the main enclosure wall, whilst to the N of the entrance a rectangular structure is clearly visible, again built into the main enclosure wall. A small piece of walling is just visible to the E of the rectangular building.

The condition of the main enclosure wall is very good on the N and E sides, poor on the S and barely visible on the E. The remains inside the enclosure are largely covered by dense rushes, and the lower levels contain 15 cm - 30 cm standing water.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric settlement. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structures themselves may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

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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