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Deborah's Hole Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Rhossili (Rhosili), Swansea (Abertawe)

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Latitude: 51.5545 / 51°33'16"N

Longitude: -4.2633 / 4°15'48"W

OS Eastings: 243183

OS Northings: 186389

OS Grid: SS431863

Mapcode National: GBR GQ.NZD7

Mapcode Global: VH3N2.16Z4

Entry Name: Deborah's Hole Camp

Scheduled Date: 19 December 1964

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 4370

Cadw Legacy ID: GM128

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Swansea (Abertawe)

Community: Rhossili (Rhosili)

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 43). The enclosure is located on a narrow coastal promontory above the sea that marks part of the defensive circuit. The construction of one or more ramparts placed across the neck of the promontory divide it from the mainland. The site is a blunt headland, with a sheer cliff 60m high on the south, and more broken cliffs on the south-west and south-east. The inner defended area is about 45m by 30m and the outer defences are approximately 130m long.

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, layout, 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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