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Rhos-crug hut platform (W)

A Scheduled Monument in Llanbister, Powys

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Latitude: 52.3525 / 52°21'9"N

Longitude: -3.2169 / 3°13'1"W

OS Eastings: 317209

OS Northings: 273414

OS Grid: SO172734

Mapcode National: GBR 9X.SW3B

Mapcode Global: VH694.645D

Entry Name: Rhos-crug hut platform (W)

Scheduled Date: 17 November 2008

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1121

Cadw Legacy ID: RD269

Schedule Class: Agriculture and Subsistence

Category: House platform

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Llanbister

Traditional County: Radnorshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hut platform, probably dating to the late-medieval or post-medieval periods and situated within unenclosed moorland on the SW-facing slopes of Rhos-crug. The substantial platform is subrectangular on plan and measures 11m from NE to SW by 6m transversely. It is terraced into the slope on its NE end up to a depth of 1.4m; and is terraced out over the slope on its SW end up to a height of 1.4m. The platform would once have supported a modest building. It is situated immediately above a substantial disused earthen bank, presumably the remains of an old head dyke, with which it may be associated.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval and post medieval land use, settlement and economy. It is a relatively well preserved example of an upland settlement and retains great archaeological potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval and post medieval stock rearing practices in the upland zone, whether as permanent settlement, regular transhumance, or intermittent opportunistic expansion. The topographical and likely chronological association of the platform with similar monuments nearby (RD172, RD267 and RD268) further increases the importance of the site.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is rectangular and measures 25m from NE to SW by 15m transversely.

Source: Cadw

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