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Dyffryn Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfynydd, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9184 / 51°55'6"N

Longitude: -4.1232 / 4°7'23"W

OS Eastings: 254075

OS Northings: 226562

OS Grid: SN540265

Mapcode National: GBR DP.PCX3

Mapcode Global: VH4HV.H12N

Entry Name: Dyffryn Camp

Scheduled Date: 5 February 1952

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2791

Cadw Legacy ID: CM156

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanfynydd

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire

Description

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) and is situated on a promontory ridge running westwards toward the valley of the Afon Cothi, there are wide views to both north and south. It comprises of a single bank and ditch that surrounds an oval enclosure on all sides except on the south where the slope is naturally steep. The ditch has an interior height of 1m and an external height of up to 2m and where traceable the ditch is 0.15m deep on the east and 0.6m deep on the west, the entrance is in the south east between the bank and the natural slope. 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.

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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