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Llyn Gafr Hut Circle

A Scheduled Monument in Arthog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7082 / 52°42'29"N

Longitude: -3.9089 / 3°54'32"W

OS Eastings: 271130

OS Northings: 313989

OS Grid: SH711139

Mapcode National: GBR 90.2D6Z

Mapcode Global: WH56V.X6S5

Entry Name: Llyn Gafr Hut Circle

Scheduled Date: 20 February 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3945

Cadw Legacy ID: ME218

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Arthog

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises a well-preserved and largely intact example of a prehistoric hut circle, the foundations of a round house, probably dating to the Early Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC) or to the Iron Age (c. 700 BC-AD 43). The monument consists of a circular bank of heather-covered stones some 10m in external diameter, 2m wide and 1m high, with a well-defined entrance at the south-east. The site sits on a platform cut into a slight promontory overlooking the southern margins of Llyn Gafr on the north face of Cadair Idris.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric domestic life and social organisation. It forms an important element in a wider prehistoric upland landscape. The monument retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of structural evidence and associated archaeological features and deposits, including preserved prehistoric ground surfaces below the monument.

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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