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Fan Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Llansadwrn, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.9656 / 51°57'56"N

Longitude: -3.9303 / 3°55'49"W

OS Eastings: 267477

OS Northings: 231435

OS Grid: SN674314

Mapcode National: GBR DY.LCQR

Mapcode Global: VH4HK.TVJL

Entry Name: Fan Camp

Scheduled Date: 7 June 1955

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2798

Cadw Legacy ID: CM170

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llansadwrn

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


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 which is located on a locally prominent summit between the Afon Dulais and Afon Tywi. It consists of irregular shaped hilltop enclosure defended by steep natural slopes on the east and earthworks on the gentler western approach. A scarp 3.4m high with traces of an inner bank has a simple in-turned entrance located at the midpoint from which two lesser banks splay out to enclose further areas north and south, the northern ends on the steep slope, the southern curves around to become a scarp along the hillside before fading out. 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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