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Craig Adwywynt Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Efenechtyd, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 53.0794 / 53°4'45"N

Longitude: -3.3129 / 3°18'46"W

OS Eastings: 312148

OS Northings: 354382

OS Grid: SJ121543

Mapcode National: GBR 6R.B5R4

Mapcode Global: WH77H.2VPM

Entry Name: Craig Adwywynt Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 382

Cadw Legacy ID: DE073

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Efenechtyd

Traditional County: Denbighshire


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.

Craig Adwywynt is approx. 154m north-south by 94m, and set on a west facing slope. It is defined on the west, and sub-divided internally by a series of north-south cliff-lines, resulting in two distinct enclosures. Both are defined by simple banks, doubled about the southern end of the eastern, upper enclosure, each having north-facing entrances.

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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