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Latitude: 52.3097 / 52°18'34"N
Longitude: -4.115 / 4°6'54"W
OS Eastings: 255907
OS Northings: 270059
OS Grid: SN559700
Mapcode National: GBR 8Q.WPFB
Mapcode Global: VH4FX.M6DQ
Entry Name: Gilfach-Hafel Camp
Scheduled Date: 16 September 1949
Source ID: 1866
Cadw Legacy ID: CD095
Schedule Class: Defence
Community: Llanrhystyd (Llanrhystud)
Traditional County: Cardiganshire
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). Hillforts are usually Iocated on hilltops and surrounded by a single or multiple earthworks of massive proportions. 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. This oval hillfort stands above a steep slope to the river on the south, and is defended on the west, north and east by a bank which stands c.2m high externally but is ploughed virtually level with the interior, save on the W and a little on the E, where it survives up to c.2m high above the interior beneath field boundaries. There is little trace anywhere of any external ditch.
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.
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