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Tor y Foel Deserted Rural Settlement

A Scheduled Monument in Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg), Powys

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Latitude: 51.8644 / 51°51'51"N

Longitude: -3.2907 / 3°17'26"W

OS Eastings: 311220

OS Northings: 219207

OS Grid: SO112192

Mapcode National: GBR YT.SNCS

Mapcode Global: VH6CD.XD6M

Entry Name: Tor y Foel Deserted Rural Settlement

Scheduled Date: 5 March 2001

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 824

Cadw Legacy ID: BR283

Schedule Class: Domestic

Category: Platform house

Period: Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Talybont-on-Usk (Tal-y-bont ar Wysg)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument consists of a platform house, a levelled area of ground on which a house is built. The house is set on a natural terrace below the summit of Tor y Foel and comprises the low stoney foundations of a long hut measuring 20m x 7.5m set on an artifical earthen platform. A second platform of similar dimensions is located beside it.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of settlement organisation. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques. a platform house may be part of a larger cluster of monuments 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. It is a rectangle with sides measuring 30m x 50m.

Source: Cadw

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