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Caer Pencraig Fort

A Scheduled Monument in Llandygai (Llandygái), Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.1844 / 53°11'3"N

Longitude: -4.106 / 4°6'21"W

OS Eastings: 259368

OS Northings: 367328

OS Grid: SH593673

Mapcode National: GBR 5Q.3K13

Mapcode Global: WH54F.W7X3

Entry Name: Caer Pencraig Fort

Scheduled Date: 29 April 1987

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3614

Cadw Legacy ID: CN195

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Llandygai (Llandygái)

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a prominent rocky hillfort , naturally defended by a cliff face on the S and by steep slopes to the N and W. The defensive ramparts are, generally, quite low, but can be traced below a modern field wall around the W side. Little remains on the S slope above the cliff, but the N and E sides can be easily identified. Recent clearance by Gwynedd Archaeological Trust has exposed both inner and outer faces of the rampart intermittently around the N and E. The E approach is also protected by an external ditch, rock-cut to the NE, and there are faint indications of an additional bank. The original entrance was through the NW side, but this has been blocked by the modern field wall. A deeply hollowed trackway, defined on the E by large boulders, leads to the entrance form the NW and almost certainly marks the original access. Sites of this sort are rare in Gwynedd and this example is relatively undisturbed and, with its associated access trackway, is of particular importance.

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.

Source: Cadw

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