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Latitude: 51.8124 / 51°48'44"N
Longitude: -4.6931 / 4°41'35"W
OS Eastings: 214449
OS Northings: 216075
OS Grid: SN144160
Mapcode National: GBR CY.X2JG
Mapcode Global: VH2P0.LPSY
Entry Name: Llanddewi Gaer
Source ID: 3030
Cadw Legacy ID: PE086
Schedule Class: Defence
Category: Promontory Fort - inland
County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Community: Llanddewi Velfrey (Llanddewi Efelffre)
Traditional County: Pembrokeshire
The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). Inland promontory forts are usually located on a ridge or spur with steep slopes on 2 or 3 sides, and artificial ramparts on the level approaches. Alternatively they may have been constructed on a promontory above the confluence of two rivers, or in the bend of a meander. Llanddewi Gaer is a fort of massive proportions, enclosing an area of c 2 acres. It has triple banks and ditches on the south-west. Further north, the outermost bank dies out and all disappear at the north-east corner. The outer ditch measures c 120 yds long.
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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