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Blaengwaith-Noah Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Lampeter Velfrey (Llanbedr Felfre), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.7793 / 51°46'45"N

Longitude: -4.6808 / 4°40'50"W

OS Eastings: 215164

OS Northings: 212357

OS Grid: SN151123

Mapcode National: GBR CY.Z5M6

Mapcode Global: VH2P6.TJ9V

Entry Name: Blaengwaith-Noah Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3029

Cadw Legacy ID: PE085

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - inland

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Lampeter Velfrey (Llanbedr Felfre)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). Inland promontory forts are usually located on a ridge or spur with steep slopes on 2 or 3 sides, and artificial ramparts on the level approaches. Alternatively they may have been constructed on a promontory above the confluence of two rivers, or in the bend of a meander. Blaengwaith-Noah Camp is defended on the south by a large double rampart and ditch measuring c 180 ft long and running in a slight curve. An area of 150 ft N-S and 130 ft W-E is enclosed which slopes slightly to the north. The outer ditch may be partly filled in.

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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