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Camp Pen-y-Gelli (revealed by aerial photography)

A Scheduled Monument in Kerry (Ceri), Powys

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Latitude: 52.5111 / 52°30'39"N

Longitude: -3.2152 / 3°12'54"W

OS Eastings: 317623

OS Northings: 291045

OS Grid: SO176910

Mapcode National: GBR 9X.GWLS

Mapcode Global: VH68C.743V

Entry Name: Camp Pen-y-Gelli (revealed by aerial photography)

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2019

Cadw Legacy ID: MG177

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Kerry (Ceri)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument consists of the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period, (c.800BC – AD74, the Roman Conquest of Wales).

The monument is identified from aerial photography and geophysical survey only, with no evidence visible on the ground. Camp Peny-Gelli takes the form of a complex, sub-square enclosure 125m N-S x 125m. In the south there are four concentric ditches, individually up to 4m wide. Three ditches only are visible in the north. There is a possible entrance, 4m wide, in the external ditch in the east. A further unscheduled enclosure lies 20-30m to the west.

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 in 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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