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PLAS NEWYDD ROMANO-BRITISH TEMPLE CROPMARK; PLASNEWYDD ROMAN TEMPLE

Manylion y Safle

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NPRN 309755

Cyfeirnod Map SJ15NW

Cyfeirnod Grid SJ13705578

Awdurdod Lleol Sir Ddinbych 

Hen Sir Dinbych

Cymuned Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd

Math o Safle TEML

Cyfnod Yr Oes Haearn, Rhufeinig, Yr Oes Haearn

Disgrifiad o´r Safle 1. CADW SCHEDULING DESCRIPTION

The following provides a general description of the Scheduled Ancient Monument. The monument comprises the remains of a Romano-British temple, indicated by a cropmarks on aerial photographs. The cropmarks would appear to indicate a square central cella within a temenos or larger rectangular enclosure. The temple probably dates to the early centuries of the first millennium AD. Such sites usually comprise a small central square building, usually with a surrounding aisle or portico, set within a larger square or rectangular enclosure that is usually marked by a wall or fence. The temples are usually found in rural locations and represent the deliberate combination of Roman religion with local Celtic deities. Such temples are often found in association with an earlier Celtic cult site. The cropmarks very likely identify the location of ditches associated with the now-vanished building and enclosure and measure about 100m from NW to SE by up to 60m transversely overall. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of ritual structures and practices in the Roman period. The monument is an important relic of the rural landscape in the Roman period and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of ritual deposits and environmental and structural evidence. The survival and recognition of Romano-British temples is very uncommon in Wales and this further enhances the importance of the Plas-newydd example. The area to be scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is irregular and measures 120m from NW to SE by up to 85m transversely.


2. The cropmarks of this temple were first recorded by Cambridge University air photographers on 27th August 1976 (image ref: CBE 91). It has since been recorded during RCAHMW aerial reconnaissance, most clearly on 14th August 2006 (image refs: AP_2006_4200-03). Related to other temple or probable temple sites in Wales including Gwehelog Roman temple (NPRN 405805) in the Usk valley, Gwent.
T. Driver, RCAHMW, 9th Dec 2009.

3. It is significant to note that the rare findspot of a pair of Late Iron Age ritual spoons from Ffynogion, Llanfair Dyffryn Clwyd, lies only 500m west of this lowland shrine.
T. Driver, RCAHMW, 2019.

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