Din Lligwy hut circle village near Moelfre
Photo : Tim Snow

Din Lligwy Hut Circle

Din Lligwy hut circle is an ancient village site near the east coast of Anglesey, close to the village of Moelfre, North Wales.

Despite the mainly Roman finds, the origins of the settlement may well go back into the Iron Age and it was probably a small farming community. From excavation, it seems that the round structures were probably houses and the rectangular ones barns or workshops.

For a pre-Roman site, a great deal remains including the enclosing wall and the foundations of many buildings, many of them with substantial and well made foundations constructed from the local limestone. The outer protective wall is almost intact although much reduced in height.

Din Lligwy is situated on a low hill with good views over Anglesey and a reliable source of fresh water nearby. The hill is now overgrown with sycamore and ash but it is probable that when it was occupied, the village would have had uninterrupted views all around.

Iron Age Brooch

In 1988 metal detectorist Andrew Gilespie descovered a small brooch on the banks of a small stream near to Din Lligwy. The brooch was made of copper alloy and is dated from 100BC to 100AD.

This type of brooch is rarely found in North Wales and is similar to brooches that have been thought to have belonged to the La Tene culture from central Europe. It is thought that the brooch was used to secure items of clothing.

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