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Gwernyfed Park Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Gwernyfed, Powys

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Latitude: 52.0308 / 52°1'50"N

Longitude: -3.2038 / 3°12'13"W

OS Eastings: 317508

OS Northings: 237613

OS Grid: SO175376

Mapcode National: GBR YX.GCXN

Mapcode Global: VH6BP.F731

Entry Name: Gwernyfed Park Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3359

Cadw Legacy ID: BR159

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Gwernyfed

Traditional County: Brecknockshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hillfort, which probably dates to the Iron Age or Romano-British period (c. 800 BC - 5th century AD). The hillfort comprises an oval bivallate enclosure measuring 120m N/S by 45m E/W. The defences comprise two banks separated by a ditch on three sides with the steep natural topography on the E side forming the defences. The banks have been reduced by ploughing to around 2-3m in height except on the SE side where they have been ploughed out. Excavations were carried out in 1951 by H.N. Savory. This work recovered a sherd of Romano-British pottery from the ditch and also provided tentative evidence that the inner rampart had been deliberately destroyed the 1st century AD. Neolithic pottery was recovered from below the hillfort defences indicating that the site could have been built over an earlier Neolithic enclosure.

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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