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Brawdy Promontory Fort

A Scheduled Monument in Brawdy (Breudeth), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.8732 / 51°52'23"N

Longitude: -5.1062 / 5°6'22"W

OS Eastings: 186273

OS Northings: 223966

OS Grid: SM862239

Mapcode National: GBR CD.S247

Mapcode Global: VH1R4.F5YT

Entry Name: Brawdy Promontory Fort

Scheduled Date: 11 January 1985

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2731

Cadw Legacy ID: PE422

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - inland

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Brawdy (Breudeth)

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. Brawdy Promontory Fort consists of a triangular promontory defended naturally by steep slopes on east and south, and by a multivallate system of three banks and ditches which curve around the west and north. The widely spaced banks are well preserved. The inner bank is 3m high internally, 3 - 4m high externally, with a 2m deep ditch, rock cut in places. The middle bank is 2m high internally, 2.5m high externally and the ditch is rather amorphous. The outer rampart is 2.5m high internally and externally and the outer ditch is not apparent.

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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