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Llanymynech Hill Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Llanymynech and Pant, Shropshire

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Latitude: 52.7913 / 52°47'28"N

Longitude: -3.0916 / 3°5'29"W

OS Eastings: 326487

OS Northings: 322087

OS Grid: SJ264220

Mapcode National: GBR 71.XCHF

Mapcode Global: WH794.H31F

Entry Name: Llanymynech Hill Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1980

Cadw Legacy ID: MG030

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Shropshire

Civil Parish: Llanymynech and Pant

Built-Up Area: Pant

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Shropshire

Church of England Parish: Llanymynech St Agatha

Church of England Diocese: Lichfield


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 located 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. Llanymynech Camp is an extensive and complex, multiperiod site. The hillfort is multivallate in the north and north east, with a single rampart to west where the line is utilised by Offa's Dyke. There are two inturned entrances in north plus three possible entrances in the west. The south-east is protected by steep cliffs which have been quarried during the post-medieval period. The hillfort enclosure measures 57ha (140 acres). Much of the monument has been disturbed by later mining and quarrying activities, and the interior is currently occupied by a golf-course.

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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