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Breiddin Hill Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Bausley with Criggion (Bausley gyda Chrugion), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.7218 / 52°43'18"N

Longitude: -3.0453 / 3°2'42"W

OS Eastings: 329497

OS Northings: 314305

OS Grid: SJ294143

Mapcode National: GBR B4.1NXL

Mapcode Global: WH8BH.6V48

Entry Name: Breiddin Hill Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2617

Cadw Legacy ID: MG021

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Bausley with Criggion (Bausley gyda Chrugion)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a hillfort, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the

Roman conquest of Wales). Hillforts are usually located on hilltops and surrounded by a single or multiple earthworks of massive proportions. Hillforts must have formed symbols of power within the landscape, while their function may have had as much to do with ostentation and display as defence.

The Breiddin Hillfort is situated upon a distinctive ridge at 365m OD, defended on the west, northwest and north by the steep natural slope. These slopes and some of the interior and main rampart have been destroyed by quarrying, but surviving ramparts lie along the less steep southeastern slopes of the ridge. These consist of a double line of wandering stone-built ramparts. Archaeological and paleaoenvironmental evidence suggest that the hilltop has been exploited since the Mesolithic period.

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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