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Coed Cefn hillfort

A Scheduled Monument in The Vale of Grwyney (Cwm Grwyne), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8606 / 51°51'38"N

Longitude: -3.1223 / 3°7'20"W

OS Eastings: 322812

OS Northings: 218598

OS Grid: SO228185

Mapcode National: GBR F1.SVJK

Mapcode Global: VH6CH.THRH

Entry Name: Coed Cefn hillfort

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1725

Cadw Legacy ID: BR061

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: The Vale of Grwyney (Cwm Grwyne)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

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 Iocated 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. This hillfort is relatively small and consists of one bank and ditch. The entrance to the fort was from the east and was possibly incurved. It is situated on a level plateau above Crickhowell at about 700 ft above sea level.

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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