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Castell Moel

A Scheduled Monument in Llancarfan, Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.452 / 51°27'7"N

Longitude: -3.3624 / 3°21'44"W

OS Eastings: 305428

OS Northings: 173442

OS Grid: ST054734

Mapcode National: GBR HP.MNYJ

Mapcode Global: VH6F9.NRSQ

Entry Name: Castell Moel

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3471

Cadw Legacy ID: GM298

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Vale of Glamorgan (Bro Morgannwg)

Community: Llancarfan

Traditional County: Glamorgan

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 located 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.

Castell Moel hillfort comprises an apparently unfinished bank and ditch surrounding a rectangular area on the top of the hill with flattened banks, following the contour of the hill lower down-slope, particularly on the western side.

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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