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Bwlch-y-Cibau Enclosure

A Scheduled Monument in Meifod, Powys

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Latitude: 52.7477 / 52°44'51"N

Longitude: -3.2215 / 3°13'17"W

OS Eastings: 317642

OS Northings: 317376

OS Grid: SJ176173

Mapcode National: GBR 6W.ZXM3

Mapcode Global: WH798.H65C

Entry Name: Bwlch-y-Cibau Enclosure

Scheduled Date: 10 October 1988

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3012

Cadw Legacy ID: MG210

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Meifod

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of an earthwork/stone-built enclosure. The date or precise nature of the enclosure is unknown, but it is likely to be later prehistoric. The enclosure is an oval univallate enclosure, c. 80m E-W x 45m N-S internally, situated on top of a steep scarp (to S), a rampart survives clearly only on the southern arc. A slight counterscarp ditch survives on the N side. There are no visible internal features and the ground has been improved in the past. Nevertheless preservation appears to be good and the size is a good example of a minor defensive prehistoric enclosure.

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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