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Castell 270m east of Moeddyn-Fach

A Scheduled Monument in Llanarth, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.1399 / 52°8'23"N

Longitude: -4.2299 / 4°13'47"W

OS Eastings: 247496

OS Northings: 251414

OS Grid: SN474514

Mapcode National: GBR DK.79FY

Mapcode Global: VH3K5.MGPW

Entry Name: Castell 270m E of Moeddyn-Fach

Scheduled Date: 14 September 1949

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2561

Cadw Legacy ID: CD083

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Llanarth

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). Inland promontory forts are usually located on a ridge or spur with steep slopes on 2 or 3 sides, and artificial ramparts on the level approaches. Alternatively they may have been constructed on a promontory above the confluence of two rivers, or in the bend of a meander. This monument is a small promontory fort, consisting of a triangular shaped piece of ground with steep slopes down to rivers on the south, west and east; the neck on the north is defended by a curving bank c.1.8m high internally, 2.5m externally above the bottom of a well-preserved 5m-wide U-shaped ditch. On the north side of the ditch is a field boundary which may incorporate a counterscarp bank. In the centre of the bank is an entrance with a causeway over the ditch.

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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