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Latitude: 51.7442 / 51°44'39"N
Longitude: -3.2019 / 3°12'6"W
OS Eastings: 317117
OS Northings: 205740
OS Grid: SO171057
Mapcode National: GBR HX.17BJ
Mapcode Global: VH6D1.GF57
Entry Name: Cefn Man Moel cross-ridge dyke
Scheduled Date: 5 March 2008
Source ID: 1117
Cadw Legacy ID: MM345
Schedule Class: Defence
Category: Cross Ridge Dyke
County: Caerphilly (Caerffili)
Traditional County: Monmouthshire
The monument comprises a linear cross-ridge dyke running across the Cefn Man Moel ridge. The earthen bank is aligned from NE to SW and measures about 270m in length by about 5m in thickness and up to 0.7m in height; the associated ditch is situated immediately to the NW and measures about 2.5m in width and about 0.6m in depth. There is intermittent evidence of a low counterscarp bank. The tradition of cross-dyke building appears to roughly span two millennia, beginning in the middle Bronze Age and lasting throughout the Iron Age and into the early medieval period. They have been interpreted as territorial boundaries, defining areas of political influence and ritual association, including internal territorial boundaries and land allotment within communities.
The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric or early medieval land division. The monument is an important relic of a prehistoric or early medieval landscape and retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of environmental and structural evidence.
The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It measures about 270m in length from NE to SW and 12m in width.
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