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Dinas Mawr Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Pencaer (Pen-caer), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 52.0063 / 52°0'22"N

Longitude: -5.0783 / 5°4'41"W

OS Eastings: 188819

OS Northings: 238680

OS Grid: SM888386

Mapcode National: GBR CF.HP24

Mapcode Global: VH1QC.XTPV

Entry Name: Dinas Mawr Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2022

Cadw Legacy ID: PE075

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Pencaer (Pen-caer)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

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. Dinas Mawr has two banks, each 150’ long and 50’ apart. These are largely constructed of stone and the inner bank is 4’ high & falls 5’ to barely distinguishable ditch. The outer bank is smaller and there is an entrance near the centre of each. 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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