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Maes Coch Hut Circles

A Scheduled Monument in Dolgellau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.7211 / 52°43'15"N

Longitude: -3.861 / 3°51'39"W

OS Eastings: 274401

OS Northings: 315339

OS Grid: SH744153

Mapcode National: GBR 92.1L0B

Mapcode Global: WH56P.NVMT

Entry Name: Maes Coch Hut Circles

Scheduled Date: 13 May 2003

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3654

Cadw Legacy ID: ME195

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Dolgellau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The monument consists of well-preserved and largely intact circular platforms which once held prehistoric round houses. Hut I is the most northerly of the pair and comprises a circular platform, some 10m in diameter, cut into the hill slope. Hut II is sited 2m to the south-east and is formed of a bank of large boulders, 8m in diameter, with a wall of large, upright stones on the eastern side. The site sits on the north face of Cadair Idris and may date to the Early Bronze Age (2000-1500 BC) or to the Iron Age (c. 700 BC-AD 43).

The site forms an important element in a wider prehistoric upland landscape. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric domestic life and social organisation. It 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 monuments and environmental remains.

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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