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Camp 350m north west of Varchoel Hall (revealed by aerial photography)

A Scheduled Monument in Guilsfield (Cegidfa), Powys

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Latitude: 52.7055 / 52°42'19"N

Longitude: -3.1258 / 3°7'32"W

OS Eastings: 324030

OS Northings: 312570

OS Grid: SJ240125

Mapcode National: GBR B1.2M3K

Mapcode Global: WH79H.Y8P8

Entry Name: Camp 350m NW of Varchoel Hall (revealed by aerial photography)

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3006

Cadw Legacy ID: MG178

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Guilsfield (Cegidfa)

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 crop-marks suggest a rectangular defended farm site of presumed Iron Age/Native Roman date. There are up to 3 concentric lines of ditch visible on the aerial photography, and these appear to be of more than one period. The site lies on a flat ploughed field and nothing is visible on the surface. It is of a type characteristic of native settlements in this part of the Severn Valley.

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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