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Hut Group West of Cwm Mawr

A Scheduled Monument in Dolbenmaen, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9498 / 52°56'59"N

Longitude: -4.1609 / 4°9'39"W

OS Eastings: 254916

OS Northings: 341341

OS Grid: SH549413

Mapcode National: GBR 5N.L9PZ

Mapcode Global: WH55L.13XY

Entry Name: Hut Group West of Cwm Mawr

Scheduled Date: 8 October 1996

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3871

Cadw Legacy ID: CN239

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dolbenmaen

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


This multi-period settlement includes a hut circle settlement of the Iron Age or Romano-British period and, close by, two rectangular huts, probably of the medieval period.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric and possibly medieval domestic life and social organisation. The proximity of both Iron Age/Romano-British and medieval types of hut settlement, and their association with earlier field boundaries, suggests that there may have been continuity of occupation. This, combined with the well-preserved character of the features, ensures considerable archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of structural evidence and associated archaeological features and deposits. The importance of the monument is also emphasised by its group value with other similar monuments in the vicinity and by the unusual nature of the small enclosures attached to the hut circles.

The scheduled area consists of a quadrilateral ABCD, with sides of 75m (A-B), 72m (B-C along field wall), 108m (C-D) and 30m (D-A) covering the main hut settlement but with an extension CEFG on the east side, 20m, to include the additional rectangular hut foundation.

Source: Cadw

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