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Keeston Castle

A Scheduled Monument in Camrose, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8353 / 51°50'7"N

Longitude: -5.0519 / 5°3'6"W

OS Eastings: 189833

OS Northings: 219591

OS Grid: SM898195

Mapcode National: GBR CG.VHLJ

Mapcode Global: VH1RC.D44D

Entry Name: Keeston Castle

Scheduled Date: 22 November 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3046

Cadw Legacy ID: PE216

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Camrose

Built-Up Area: Keeston

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

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). Hillforts are usually Ilocated 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. Keeston Castle is a hilltop camp, which is defended by 3 banks. The outer bank is 5ft - 8ft high from the outside and 3ft on inside, and is approx 75yds from the middle bank. There is a small annexe on the south-east defended by a bank 6ft high except where ploughed out on the east. 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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