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Castell y Domen, Gwempa

A Scheduled Monument in Llandyfaelog, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.79 / 51°47'23"N

Longitude: -4.2678 / 4°16'4"W

OS Eastings: 243689

OS Northings: 212580

OS Grid: SN436125

Mapcode National: GBR DJ.YD19

Mapcode Global: VH3LW.Z85M

Entry Name: Castell y Domen, Gwempa

Scheduled Date: 6 January 1988

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 656

Cadw Legacy ID: CM240

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llandyfaelog

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). A motte is a large conical or pyramidal mound of soil and/or stone, usually surrounded by either a wet or dry ditch, and surmounted by a tower constructed of timber or stone. Cstell y Domen measures 55m high and has a summit diameter of 18m. The encircling ditch is 1.5m deep, and is well preserved on all sides save the north where the steep natural slopes render it unnecessary. The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. The monument is well-preserved and an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both structural evidence and intact associated deposits. 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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