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Blackcliff Wood Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Tintern (Tyndyrn), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6876 / 51°41'15"N

Longitude: -2.6828 / 2°40'58"W

OS Eastings: 352895

OS Northings: 198985

OS Grid: ST528989

Mapcode National: GBR JL.4ZVF

Mapcode Global: VH87F.GV24

Entry Name: Blackcliff Wood Camp

Scheduled Date: 10 February 1976

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2962

Cadw Legacy ID: MM027

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Tintern (Tyndyrn)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a promontory fort, a defended enclosure that probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). The site is oval in plan and measures 65m NE/SW by 80m NW/SE and is located on a natural spur with steep natural slopes on 3 sides. On the S side of the spur, where the ground slopes gently away, are defences formed by a bank and an external ditch. The bank is formed from limestone rubble and is 1.5m high on the inside and 2.5m high on the outside. The ditch is 2m wide and 1.2m deep. The site is covered by dense woodland.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation and settlement. The site forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric context and within the surrounding landscape. The site is well preserved and retains considerable archaeological potential. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

The scheduled area comprises the remains described and areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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