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Crug Hywel Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Crickhowell (Crughywel), Powys

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Latitude: 51.8792 / 51°52'45"N

Longitude: -3.1265 / 3°7'35"W

OS Eastings: 322554

OS Northings: 220672

OS Grid: SO225206

Mapcode National: GBR F1.RT93

Mapcode Global: VH6CH.R1J6

Entry Name: Crug Hywel Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1763

Cadw Legacy ID: BR128

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Crickhowell (Crughywel)

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


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). The fort comprises a roughly triangular univallate enclosure that occupies the whole of the summit of a small hill at the end of the westernmost ridge of the Black Mountains. The enclosure is defined by an earth and stone bank 0.3m high on the interior and 5-6m high on the exterior, which is very steep with outcrops of rock on the N and W sides. Along the E and W sides is an outer ditch, 1.5m-2m wide with a counterscarp bank around 1m high on the inside, and there is a lot of fallen rock in the ditch on the W side. Halfway along the E side is a narrow steep-sided slightly inturned entrance, 1.5m wide, 1.5m deep on its S side and 2m deep on its N side. A turf-covered trackway leads N from the entrance and appears contemporary with the fort. On the E side of the interior of the fort, immediately inside the bank, are a number of small square or rectangular platforms. The comprise level areas of turf, cleared of stones, and may be house platforms. There are a number of modern shelters built into the bank of the fort.

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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