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Maes Coch Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.721 / 52°43'15"N

Longitude: -3.8617 / 3°51'42"W

OS Eastings: 274355

OS Northings: 315335

OS Grid: SH743153

Mapcode National: GBR 91.1RTL

Mapcode Global: WH56P.NV9V

Entry Name: Maes Coch Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 16 April 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3950

Cadw Legacy ID: ME196

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Rectangular hut settlement

Period: Medieval

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dolgellau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument comprises a well-preserved and largely intact example of a deserted medieval settlement represented by four rectangular platforms cut into the hill slope. Platform I measures 11m by 6m, platform II 18m by 9m, platform III 12m by 5m and platform IV 11m by 8m.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement. The site forms an important element in a wider medieval and post-medieval upland landscape. The scheduled area may be expected to contain a wide range of archaeological information, including chronological detail and evidence in regard to construction techniques and agricultural methods. There is a strong probability of the presence of intact palaeo-environmental remains and preserved medieval ground surfaces below the monuments. Rectangular huts may be part of a larger cluster of settlement and their importance can be further enhanced by their group value.

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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