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Maes y Caerau Homestead

A Scheduled Monument in Talsarnau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.9059 / 52°54'21"N

Longitude: -4.031 / 4°1'51"W

OS Eastings: 263505

OS Northings: 336210

OS Grid: SH635362

Mapcode National: GBR 5T.NZ68

Mapcode Global: WH55V.17R2

Entry Name: Maes y Caerau Homestead

Scheduled Date: 5 November 1981

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2492

Cadw Legacy ID: ME117

Schedule Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Category: Concentric enclosed hut circle

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Talsarnau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


This is a classic example of a prehistoric 'concentric circle' settlement site. A single, large round hut is surrounded by two concentric enclosing walls. The entrance, on the SW, is approached by an embanked trackway which passes through traces of ancient fields.

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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