Dinas Dinlle

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Dinas Dinlle


The earlist record is recorded by Thomas Johnson who conducted a botanical tour of Snowdonia in 1639. A reference is made to this monument in his published works The Merciuris Botanicus (1691). Nearly a hundred years pass before Thomas Pennant refers to Dinas Dinlle in his tour of Snowdonia in 1778. He describes it as a mound of gravel which is besides a marshland. Its clear he climbed and descended into the earthworks. As Thomas observes the remains of an oblong building and a tumulus being both constructed of earth and stone.  At the time of his visit he is also informed about a Roman coin recovered frim the interior of the site.

Subsequently it is wrongly assumes that Dinas Dinlle if of Roman origin. A Roman road connected up Dinas Dinlle with the Roman fort at Segontium situated in Caernarfon, and np dpult played some role within the period. However, he takes note of the sea erosion was subsequently having an effect on this monument then, as it still does today. Although adetailed examination was undertaken in 1953, it mainly centered on its geology make up reported in the Cambrens Archaeologia in 1953. Traditon and the Mabinogion places Dinas Dinlle as the location in which Lleu Law gyffes was raised by Gwydion.




Lynch F. 1995, A Guide to Ancient and Historic Wales, London, HMSO

Kirk D. 1998, A Tour in Wales by Thomas Pennant: Abridged, Llanrwst

Astrocelt 2001

Last updated October 4, 2004