BEILI BEDW MEDIEVAL VILLAGEOn Beili Bedw farm, on the hillside overlooking St Harmon village are the remains of a medieval hamlet which was occupied for about two hundred years from the fourteenth century. The site was part excavated by CADW in 1991 and a report was subsequently produced. The report suggests that the site was probably inhabited by an extended family group and occupied throughout the year, farming the adjacent arable meadows and the upland pastures. The report was not able to draw out many conclusions. A few fragments of pottery and other artefacts were found but these were not sufficient to provide a meaningful interpretation of the site. The report is:
A Native Welsh Mediaeval Settlement: excavations at Beili Bedw, St Harmon, Powys , Paul Courtney, The Bulletin of the Board of CelticStudies, 38, 1991.
Coflein provides a broad description of the findings.
Aerial view of the remains of the village
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Reconstructed Medieval Village of Similar Construction at Comeston, Glamorgan.
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