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Gwynedd

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Sites/Groups in this region:

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Aberglaslyn West, Bwlch Golau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Aberglaslyn west, Cwm Cyd Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Abersoch Mesolithic forest Mesolithic site
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Allt Lwyd Cairn(s)
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Anafon Valley cairns Cairn(s)
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Aran Fawddwy Round Cairn
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Arenig Fach Round Cairn
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Arthog Standing Stones Ring Cairn
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Bachwen Burial Chamber Chambered Tomb
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Bardsey Island Island
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Bedd y Brenin Round Cairn
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Betws Fawr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bodfan Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bronheulog Chambered Cairn
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Bron-llety-Ifan Cup Marked Stone
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Bron y Foel Isaf Burial Chamber
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Bryniau'r Tyddyn Standing Stone / Menhir
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Bryn-y-Castell Hillfort
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Bryn Cader Faner Cairn(s)
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Bryn Castell Hillfort
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Bryn Cau Cairn(s)
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Bryn Seward settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Bryn Seward Stones Stone Row / Alignment
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Bwlch ym Mhwll-le (Llefn) Cairn(s)
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Bwlch y Rhiwgyr Cairn(s)
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Cadair Gawrdaf Christianised Site
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Cader Ellyll Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Caerberllan Farm Standing Stone / Menhir
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Caer-Dyni Burial Chamber
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Caer Carreg-y-fran Hillfort
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Caer Eini Hillfort
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Cae'r Mynach Cairn(s)
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Caer Pencraig (Ty'n y Caeau) Hillfort
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Cairn below Pared y Cefn hir Cairn(s)
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Cairn N of Moel Wnion Cairn(s)
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Cairn SW of Carnedd Dafydd Cairn(s)
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Cairn, S of llyn Caerwych Cairn(s)
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3 sites
Cairn, upon a woodland saddle Round Cairn
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Camp Hill (Bangor) Hillfort
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Capel Maethlon Round Barrow(s)
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Capel Tan-y-Foel Standing Stone / Menhir
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Carneddau Hengwm Cairn(s)
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Carnedd-y-Filiast Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Dafydd Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Howell Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Llewelyn Cairn(s)
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Carnedd Moel y Ci Cairn(s)
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Carnedd y Saeson Cairn(s)
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Carn Fadryn Hillfort
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Carn March Arthur Natural Rock Feature
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Carreg y Big (Arthog) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Castell Odo Hillfort
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Castell y Gaer (Llangelynin) Hillfort
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Cefn Caer Euni Circles Ring Cairn
Cefn Coch (Dolbenmaen) Stone Circle (Destroyed)
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Cefn Ddwysarn Camp Hillfort
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Cefn Graenog Cairn I Cairn(s)
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Cefn Graenog Cairn II Cairn(s)
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Cefn Isaf Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Cerrig Arthur Stone Circle
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1 site
Cerrig y Cledd Standing Stone / Menhir
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Cist Cerrig Burial Chamber
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Coed-y-Bedo Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Coed Aber round house Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Coed Creigiau-Cathod Standing Stone / Menhir
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Coed Croes Cairn(s)
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Coed y Brain Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Coety Bach Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cors y Gedol Burial Chamber
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Craig-y-Dinas Hillfort
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Craig-y-Llyn (Cadair Idris) Round Cairn
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Craig-yr-Aderyn Hillfort
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Craig Cwmbychan Round Cairn
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Craig Cwm-Silyn Round Cairn
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Craig yr Aderyn cairn Cairn(s)
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Craig y Castell Hillfort
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Craig y Castell North Hillfort
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Craig y Dinas Hillfort
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Craig y Dinas Cairnfield Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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1 site
Cras Cairn(s)
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Creigiau Gwineu Hillfort
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Cwm Caseg, Carneddau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Croesor Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Ffrydlas, Carneddau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Gafr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Main Cairn(s)
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Cwm Mawr Stone Circle (Destroyed)
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Cwm Mawr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Cwm Moch Cairn(s)
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4 sites
Cwm Ystradllwyn Standing Stones
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Dinas [Beddgelert] Hillfort
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Dinas Dinlle Cliff Fort
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Dinas Dinorwig Hillfort
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Dinas Emrys Hillfort
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Dinas Oleu Hillfort
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Dinas, Porth Iago Promontory Fort
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Dinas Ty-Du Hillfort
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Dinas (Y Felinheli) Promontory Fort
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Dolddeuli Standing Stone / Menhir
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Drosgl Cairns Cairn(s)
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Drosgl (Northern slopes) Cairn(s)
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Drws-y-Coed Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Dyffryn Ardudwy Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Dyffryn Mymbyr Stone Circle
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Eglwys Gwyddelod Ring Cairn
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Fach-Goch Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ffridd Bryn Dinas Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Ffridd Isaf Ring Cairn
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Ffridd Newydd Stone Circle
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Foel Caethle Hillfort
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Foel Cwm-Sian Llwyd Cairn(s)
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Foel Dduarth Enclosure
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Foel Dduarth (west) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Foel Faner Hillfort
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Foel Llanfendigaid Hillfort
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Foel Offrwm, Lower Settlement Hillfort
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Foel Ystrodur Fawr Round Cairn
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Foel y Geifr Cairn(s)
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Fortified hut settlement above Rachub Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Gamallt Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Garnedd Fach, Y Carneddau Round Cairn
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Garnedd Goch Round Cairn
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Garnedd Uchaf Round Cairn
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Garnedd Wen Round Cairn
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Garn Bentyrch Hillfort
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Garn Boduan Hillfort
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Garn Saethon Hillfort
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Garth Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Garth y Foel Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Gelli Ffrydiau Hillfort
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Glynllifon Standing Stone / Menhir
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Goleuwern Round Cairn
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Graeanog Standing Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gwastadgoed Standing Stones
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Gwastadgoed cairns Cairn(s)
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Gwern Einion Burial Chamber
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Gwern Einion stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Gyrn Ddu Cairn(s)
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Gyrn Ddu cairn Cairn(s)
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Hafodlas Cairn Circle Cairn circle
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Hafotty-Fach Cairns Cairn(s)
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Hafotty-Fach Stones Standing Stones
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Harlech Circle Kerbed Cairn
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8 sites
Harlech Standing Stones Standing Stones
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Hengwm Ring Cairn Ring Cairn
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Iwerddon Cairn(s)
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Llanbedr Church Stone Carving
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Llanbedr Stones Standing Stones
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Llandegai Cursus Cursus (Destroyed)
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Llanfair Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llangwnnadl Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llawllech Cairn(s)
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Llecheiddior Stone Circle
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Llecheiddior Cairns Cairn(s)
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Llech-y-Doll Burial Chamber
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Llech Idris Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llwyndyrys Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llyn Conwy Cairn(s)
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Kerbed Cairn
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Stone Circle
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Llyn Eiddew-Bach Round Cairns Cairn(s)
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Llyn Gafr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llyn Llagi Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llyn Stwlan, Moelwyns Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Llyn yr Adar Cist
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Maen du'r Arddu Natural Rock Feature
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Maen Llwyd (Bronaber) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maen Llwyd (Plas Newydd) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maen Melyn Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maen Twrog Standing Stone / Menhir
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Maes y Caerau Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Maes y Gaer Hillfort
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Meuryn Isaf Kerbed Cairn
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Moelfre, Y Rhinogydd Round Cairn
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Moel Eilio Cairn(s)
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Moel Faban Arrow Stone Carving
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2 sites
Moel Faban, Carneddau Cairn(s)
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Moel Goedog Hillfort
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Moel Goedog East Ring Cairn
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Moel Goedog West Ring Cairn
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Moel Gwynus Standing Stone / Menhir
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Moel Hebog Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Moel Offrwm Hillfort
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Moel Wnion Cairn(s)
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Moel yr Eglwys Cairn(s)
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Moel yr Ogof Round Cairn
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Moel y Garnedd, Gwastadros Cairn(s)
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Moel y Geifr Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Moel y Gest Hillfort
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Morfa Abererch Standing Stone / Menhir
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Mynydd Carnguwch Round Barrow(s)
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Mynydd Clywedog Stone Row / Alignment
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Mynydd Du Settlement, Carnedd Dafydd Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Mynydd Graig Goch Cairn(s)
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Mynydd Mawr Round Cairn
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Mynydd Mawr (Aberdaron) Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Mynydd Moel, Cadair Idris Cairn(s)
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Mynydd Pentre Cairn(s)
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Mynydd Rhiw Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Mynydd Rhiw Ancient Mine / Quarry
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Mynydd Tir y Cwmwd Burial Chamber
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Mynydd y Llyn Round Cairn
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Nant-y-Llys Long Cairn
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Nant Gwrtheyrn Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
Nant yr Olchfa Cairn(s)
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1 site
Pandy Standing Stone / Menhir
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Pant Clyd Cairn(s)
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Pant Ifan Standing Stone / Menhir
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Parciau Gleison Standing Stone / Menhir
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Parc Gelli Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Pared-y-Cefn-Hir Hillfort
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Pared Mawr Cliff Fort
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Penarth Chambered Tomb
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Penbryn Mawr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Penllech Coetan Arthur Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Pentre Farm Round Barrow(s)
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Pen-y-Bwlch Enclosure
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Pen-y-Dinas Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gaer (Aberglaslyn) Hillfort
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Pen-Y-Gaer and Nant Castell Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gaer (Bethesda) Hillfort
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Pen-Y-Gaer (Llanaelhaearn) Hillfort
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Pen-y-Garreg Hillfort
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Pen-y-Gelli Cairn(s)
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Pen-y-Gwryd (Cairn SE of) Round Cairn
Pen-y-Stryda Stone Circle
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Pen Dinas camp Hillfort
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Plas Cregennen Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Pont Scethin, Double cairn Cairn(s)
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Pont Scethin standing stones Standing Stones
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Rhiw Goch Stone Natural Rock Feature
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Settlement north of Cwm Dyli power station Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Sling Burial Chamber
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Tal-y-Llyn
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Tal y Garreg and Llechlwyd Hillfort
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Tan-y-Muriau Chambered Cairn
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Tarrenhendre Round Cairn
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Tir-Bach Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tir Gwyn 1 (North) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tir Gwyn 2 (south) Standing Stone / Menhir
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Tre'r Ceiri Hillfort
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Trum Gelli Barrow / Cairn Cemetery
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Trum y Ddysgl Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Trwyn Porth Dinllaen Promontory Fort
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Twll Pant-hiriol Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Tyddyn Mawr Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waen Bant Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waun Fach Stone Standing Stone / Menhir
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Waun Hir Ring Cairn
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Waun Oer Stone Row / Alignment
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Yr Aelgerth Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Yr Eifl Round Cairn
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Yr Wyddfa Cairn(s) (Destroyed)
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Ystumcegid Dolmen / Quoit / Cromlech
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Y Ffor Burial Chamber
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Y Ffor Menhir Standing Stone / Menhir
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Y Foel Hillfort
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Y Foel Cairns Cairn(s)
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Y Garn, Nantlle Ridge Cairn(s)
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Y Gyrn Cairn(s)
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Afon Anafon Arrow Stone Carving
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Criccieth Hillfort
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Croes Faen
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Ffridd Fedw Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ffridd y Beudail Standing Stone / Menhir
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Kenric's Stone and Llanelltyd Church Christianised Site
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Madryn Castle Settlement Ancient Village / Settlement / Misc. Earthwork
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Parc Bach Burial Chamber
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Pont Scethin mounds Artificial Mound
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Sarn Meyllteyrn Standing Stone / Menhir
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St Cadfan's churchyard, Tywyn Stone Row / Alignment
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Trefllys Standing Stone / Menhir
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Ty'n-llywyn Pentir Standing Stones

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Welsh storms expose Stone Age landscape


Video published on the BBC News web site on 23rd January 2014:
Winter storms which battered the coast of Wales have exposed previously hidden traces of the area's Stone Age landscape.

A four mile stretch of coastline near Tywyn on the west coast of Wales was so altered by the sea that it was pushed back 50 feet (15 metres)... continues...
Kammer Posted by Kammer
23rd January 2014ce
Edited 23rd January 2014ce

Legendary Welsh lake to be bought for the nation


National Trust has raised £1m to buy a farm encompassing a lake considered one of the most beautiful and emblematic in Wales.

There were concerns that Llyn Dinas in Snowdonia and its shoreline could be turned into a water sports centre if it were not saved for the nation... continues...
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
16th November 2011ce

Tyddyn Pandy Archaeological Find


A friend of mine was telling me about this the other day. Apparently they have now moved the proposed building site for the school and archaeological digs are on-going Caernarfon

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faerygirl Posted by faerygirl
11th June 2010ce
Edited 11th June 2010ce

Remains Could Lie Under Proposed Building in Wales


Experts believe important prehistoric remains could lie under a proposed international sheepdog centre near Bala, in North Wales. Gwynedd Archaeological Planning Service stepped in after realising there is a prehistoric and Roman site close by... continues...
Kozmik_Ken Posted by Kozmik_Ken
16th December 2003ce
Edited 19th March 2007ce

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Snowdonia Summit Cairns


Fantastic catalogue of Snowdonia summit cairns. Click the numbers on the map and links take you to detailed plans of the cairns.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
2nd August 2011ce

Gwynedd Sites and Monuments Record


Address and contact details for this service.
IronMan Posted by IronMan
2nd May 2002ce
Edited 7th April 2013ce

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Bryn Cau (Cairn(s)) — Miscellaneous

This arguably rather incongruous monument stands just above the minor, gated road traversing the Lliw valley... yet is, as far as I could tell, not visible from it. Not mentioned on the current OS maps, it is, nonetheless, subject to CADW scheduling. According to Coflein:

"Remains of a small cairn situated on a saddle between two local promontories on a NW-SE aligned ridge. The cairn is circular in shape and measures c. 4.2m in diameter. It is shallow in profile and measures c. 0.65m tall". (F.Foster/RCAHMW 02.10.2006)

Worth checking out in conjunction with the larger monument about a half mile to the NW below Foel Ystrodur Fawr.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
7th December 2018ce

Foel Ystrodur Fawr (Round Cairn) — Fieldnotes

Motorists travelling south upon the A470 between Trawsfynydd and Dolgellau may well find their gaze irrevocably drawn to the undulating, albeit somewhat serrated, skyline of Y Rhinogydd… prior to Cadair Idris, Snowdonia's last, emphatic hurrah before Pumlumon, seizing centre stage upon the wide screen. As a result none but the most inquisitive - or possibly pedantic? - tourists will consider heading east to penetrate the wild hinterland of the Afon Lliw sandwiched between the near 3,000ft heights of Arenig Fawr and Aran Fawddwy. Only traversed by a gated, single track mountain road, the paucity of traffic here is perhaps understandable, a cursory glance at the map highlighting many apparently more tasty fillings elsewhere. However there is much to be said for adopting a minimalistic approach once in a while, grasping the opportunity to cleanse the landscape palate, so to speak; to get off the beaten track.

Having said that, the start is not overly auspicious: the mock ski-chalet complex of Rhiw Goch suggestive of muppets in shiny new 4x4s enduring 'outdoor experiences' (the former ski centre having apparently now closed down). However all is forgiven when noting this is actually a recycled army training camp. Furthermore the nearby, excellent monolith of Llech Idris (him again) and Sarn Helen/Tomen y Mur stand (if a track can be said to 'stand', that is) mute testimony to the fact that folk have been passing this-a-way for millennia. Anyway... beyond the wooden cabins the minor road follows the course of the Afon Gain to a rather fine little stone bridge before climbing to the summit of Pen y Feidiog, subsequently descending to cross the fledgling Afon Lliw at the farming hamlet of Blaen Lliw.

I feel a sense of everything having a pragmatic reason to exist here... of there being nothing superfluous, nothing but sine qua non. Although, of course, that may well be just middle class fantasy on my part. What is (once again) beyond doubt, however, is the continuity of the human story here, the evidence for which lies above and beyond in the form of two obscure prehistoric cairns. Obscure? Well, neither are indicated upon either the latest 1:50k or 1:25k OS map, so thanks are due to the wondrous people at Coflein. The larger of the pair sits below and to the south east of the summit crags of Foel Ystrodur Fawr and according to CADW "is circular in shape and measures c. 5.5m in diameter. The cairn is shallow and rounded in profile, measuring c. 0.4m tall". [F.Foster/RCAHMW 04.10.2006]. A little to the east of Blaenlliw Isaf farm a livestock gate allows access beyond a drystone wall and proves the key to locating the monument upon its little terrace: once through it is possible to park within an old quarry(?) a short(ish) distance on the left.

Having donned boots and scrambled a little to the north the aforementioned wall will be discerned heading approx north, then, in plain wiry mode, north-east beneath the slightly higher of the rocky Foel Ystrodur twins to the Afon Erwent. Yeah, potential visitors should note that the official bridleway is not much use here, heading eastward. Contrary to my expectations the cairn sits to the north of the fence line; however a helpful stile eases progress in this respect, so no matter the slight faux pas.

OK, the cairn isn't that large, doesn't show signs of a former cist (that I could determine, anyway), nor kerb. In fact not much at all… yet it is immediately apparent that this monument occupies a special place in the landscape. The mighty Arenig Fawr rises, unseen within a mass of opaque vapour, to the immediate north-east, the shapely Moel Llyfnant - to approx north-west - proving a little more obliging by periodically slipping its clammy raiment from the shoulder to reveal a prominent summit (the peak is incidentally well worth an ascent from Blaen Lliw). To the south Dduallt is visible (head for Pont Aber-Geirw and Cwm yr Allt Lwyd for this one), although no doubt The Arans would dominate the horizon in better weather? The silence is absolute, the vibe consequently superb .... so much so that a Citizen Cairn'd can readily absolve the map makers of the oversight, appreciate why the OS passed this one by. Well, c'mon - the local farmer(s) aside - who but a loon 'off-piste' hill bagger would have reason to venture forth upon this wild hillside? Who indeed?

I decide to return to the car in a circuitous manner, via the second of the cairns (at SH81943306) a little to the south-east of the rocky outcrop Bryn Cau. This is a smaller, more ragged affair set upon a saddle just above the road. In other circumstances I might have been inclined to cite it as 'clearance'.... but here, upon this lonely moor devoid of any loose surface stone? I think not! With a superb vista of the Lliw Valley there for the taking just a little to the east, it is abundantly clear that this cairn was specifically sited NOT to overlook the course of the Afon Lliw now flowing toward Llanuwchllyn.

To be fair I have noted other instances of such apparent constructional pedantry elsewhere in the Welsh uplands - e.g the pair of cairns upon the Nantlle Ridge's Y Garn immediately spring to mind - where the act of negating a field of vision has appeared (to me) a conscious decision requiring not a little effort. Perhaps suggestive of local inclusion at the expense of peripheral passers by? Conjecture, of course. But it is a worthwhile exercise to have ventured here to contemplate such things.
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
2nd December 2018ce
Edited 4th December 2018ce

Gelli Ffrydiau (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

In my opinion this is an exquisitely sited little hill fort overlooked - nay, completely dominated - by the wondrously sinuous Nantlle Ridge to the south... and the much more elephantine bulk of Mynydd Mawr to the north-east. Needless to say both the latter heights feature their share of formerly interred Bronze Age VIPs, although, as one versed in such matters may suspect, no inkling of cairns can be determined from down here. Indeed, there is more than a hint of Cadair Idris's wondrous Pared-y-Cefn-Hir enclosure in the overwhelming mountain vibe to be experienced at this obscure spot, if not the defensive archaeology, which here is much more compact, more coherent in nature.

The all important water feature, arguably a prerequisite in any classic landscape, is to be found in the Llyn Nantlle Uchaf to approx south-west, the lake perhaps best eulogised - in paint at least - by Richard Wilson in 1765, his focus naturally being upon the grandeur of Snowdon and her cohorts framed by, and rising beyond, the jaws of 'Drws-y-Coed' to the east. One can almost hear the faint reverberations of a mighty 'I don't believe it!' still echoing down across the centuries. Likewise Mr Turner also came here to have a gander. Well, the brusque gentleman did get around a bit, to be fair. And it would've been rude not to pay a visit to such an iconic location in passing.

As it happens, contrary as ever (albeit due to the topography), my eyes are drawn in the opposite direction to those esteemed artists of yore, away from the magnetic pull of Yr Wyddfa-Fawr to gaze across the alternately shimmering/glowering tarn to the 'Three Brothers' perched overlooking the distant Lleyn coastline. Ah, Tre'r Ceiri! The titanic 'Town of Giants' occupying the inner of the far triumvirate. Perhaps Wales' finest hillfort, no less! The small enclosure where I perch riding out a sudden, violent hail storm is no such thing, existing upon a much more unassuming scale; perhaps a temporary citadel for folks living their daily lives below in Dyffryn Nantlle; or maybe just home to an extended family unit not necessarily on their neighbours' Christmas Card list? However I would suggest - recommend, even - that there is 'something' here that warrants a little of your time. Indefinable, perhaps, but none the worse for that. Previously cited as a 'Settlement' upon older OS maps, the substantial nature of the defences for a relatively small site soon convinces this traveller that the current OS denotation of 'Fort' is much more representative. As for Coflein, they have this to say:

"A sub-circular defended hill-top enclosure that measures approximately 30m in diameter. It is defined by drystone walls/banks that comprise of medium to large unworked stones that have been built into irregular courses that measure 2m wide and 0.50m high." [P.J. Schofield, Oxford Archaeology North, 3/2/2006.]

So... motorists venturing through Drws-y-Coed and traversing Dyffryn Nantlle, perhaps intent upon visiting the seaside, will be none the wiser regarding what lies above, such is the obscurity of the 'fort. I eventually parked up opposite the eponymous farm buildings and made my way to the defended crag via a walled track a little to the east. Very steeply. Presumably the former inhabitants actually knew what they were doing and there exists a better way?
GLADMAN Posted by GLADMAN
24th November 2018ce

Pen-y-Gaer (Aberglaslyn) (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

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