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Caer Estyn Hillfort

A Scheduled Monument in Hope (Yr Hob), Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 53.1101 / 53°6'36"N

Longitude: -3.0263 / 3°1'34"W

OS Eastings: 331397

OS Northings: 357481

OS Grid: SJ313574

Mapcode National: GBR 74.83DJ

Mapcode Global: WH88R.H342

Entry Name: Caer Estyn Hillfort

Scheduled Date: 21 September 1978

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 644

Cadw Legacy ID: FL066

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Flintshire (Sir y Fflint)

Community: Hope (Yr Hob)

Built-Up Area: Hope

Traditional County: Flintshire

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 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. The earthworks of this hillfort can only be traced easily on the west and north-west sides, as a result of quarry damage.

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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