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Gelly Earthwork

A Scheduled Monument in Llawhaden (Llanhuadain), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8429 / 51°50'34"N

Longitude: -4.7896 / 4°47'22"W

OS Eastings: 207933

OS Northings: 219716

OS Grid: SN079197

Mapcode National: GBR CT.V2N5

Mapcode Global: VH2NR.XYT2

Entry Name: Gelly Earthwork

Scheduled Date: 6 June 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3034

Cadw Legacy ID: PE184

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Rath

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Llawhaden (Llanhuadain)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

The monument comprises a small defended enclosure or rath, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (800 BC - 43 AD). Usually enclosed by a bank and ditch, raths often contsin evidence of intensive occupation. The Gelly Earthwork comprises a block of stone with an oval hollow on one side. The letters 'CANV' are cut on the margin at the back of the seat hollow.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Iron Age settlement and social organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric landscape. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard to chronology, building techniques and functional detail.

Source: Cadw

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