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Settlements south west of Bryn Cader Faner

A Scheduled Monument in Talsarnau, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 52.8963 / 52°53'46"N

Longitude: -4.0151 / 4°0'54"W

OS Eastings: 264544

OS Northings: 335108

OS Grid: SH645351

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.PH5G

Mapcode Global: WH55V.9G9G

Entry Name: Settlements SW of Bryn Cader Faner

Scheduled Date: 10 August 1994

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2501

Cadw Legacy ID: ME144

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Hut circle settlement

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Talsarnau

Traditional County: Merionethshire


The site consists of two prehistoric settlements (groups of hut circles and small enclosures) both built over and obscured by large later sheepfolds, and a field system of low walls, the stones of which project through the turf. There is also a third settlement, not well preserved but without later rebuilding, just outside the SA to the N. All are on the W side of a high-level, shallow, boggy valley which is traversed by a main footpath, once a pack horse route and probably prehistoric in origin. They are very close to the well-known and much visited cairn, Bryn Cader-Faner.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric settlement and land use. 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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