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Caer Pencarreg

A Scheduled Monument in Pencarreg, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0786 / 52°4'42"N

Longitude: -4.0597 / 4°3'35"W

OS Eastings: 258945

OS Northings: 244245

OS Grid: SN589442

Mapcode National: GBR DS.C9MS

Mapcode Global: VH4H3.L04X

Entry Name: Caer Pencarreg

Scheduled Date: 6 July 1955

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2801

Cadw Legacy ID: CM173

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Pencarreg

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

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 Iocated 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. Caer Pencarreg is a hill top camp of about three acres defended by a single bank and ditch, the bank being about 5ft high. Material for bank derived largely from interior, the ditch being little more than a levelled strip. Entrance on south-east.

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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