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Dixton Mound

A Scheduled Monument in Monmouth (Trefynwy), Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

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Latitude: 51.8201 / 51°49'12"N

Longitude: -2.7007 / 2°42'2"W

OS Eastings: 351798

OS Northings: 213724

OS Grid: SO517137

Mapcode National: GBR FL.WJQQ

Mapcode Global: VH86V.4JL3

Entry Name: Dixton Mound

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2374

Cadw Legacy ID: MM125

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Motte

Period: Medieval

County: Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy)

Community: Monmouth (Trefynwy)

Traditional County: Monmouthshire


The monument comprises the remains of a motte and ditch, dating to the medieval period (c. 1066 -1540 AD). The site consists of a low oblong mound, 2m high, measuring 40m E/W by 18m N/S with steep sides and a convex summit. The motte is surrounded by a 1.5m deep ditch that is 3m wide on the N,S and E sides, extending to 12m wide on the W side. On the S side is a slight external bank. Roman pottery, dated to the 2nd century AD, and sherds of medieval pottery dated to the 11th and 12th centuries AD have been found in erosion scars on the site.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of medieval defensive practices. The monument is well-preserved and an important relic of the medieval landscape. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of both structural evidence and intact associated deposits.

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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