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Pant Sychbant Medieval House

A Scheduled Monument in Vaynor (Y Faenor), Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

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Latitude: 51.7775 / 51°46'38"N

Longitude: -3.4563 / 3°27'22"W

OS Eastings: 299625

OS Northings: 209757

OS Grid: SN996097

Mapcode National: GBR YL.Z98W

Mapcode Global: VH6CQ.1LN8

Entry Name: Pant Sychbant Medieval House

Scheduled Date: 26 July 1999

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1601

Cadw Legacy ID: GM532

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Rectangular hut

Period: Medieval

County: Merthyr Tydfil (Merthyr Tudful)

Community: Vaynor (Y Faenor)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a rectangular hut which probably dates to the medieval period. It measures 10m by 7m, is constructed from stone boulders and stands up to 1m high. The hut has two parallel entrances roughly central on the longer sides, suggesting that it could have had an internal cross-passage and was probably divided into two rooms. The hut is situated on an earth platform dug into the natural slope of the ground. The hut may have been associated with the nearby enclosure at Pant Sychbank, perhaps through re-use as a stock pen.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval settlement. The monument forms an important element within the wider prehistoric/medieval context and 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. Rectangular huts may be part of a larger cluster of settlement and their importance can 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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