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Bron-y-Gaer Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Meidrim, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.8462 / 51°50'46"N

Longitude: -4.4594 / 4°27'33"W

OS Eastings: 230689

OS Northings: 219260

OS Grid: SN306192

Mapcode National: GBR D8.TSMX

Mapcode Global: VH3LD.NVCK

Entry Name: Bron-y-Gaer Camp

Scheduled Date: 8 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2141

Cadw Legacy ID: CM148

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Meidrim

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


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 Ilocated 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. Bron-y-Gaer Camp is defended by scarp giving an external bank of 10ft max. on south, and on west by rounded bank 5ft above outside and 2ft above interior of camp. The scarp on south carries on westwards, apparently to form an annexe. 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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