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Llwyn Bryn-Dinas Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Llangedwyn, Powys

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Latitude: 52.8135 / 52°48'48"N

Longitude: -3.2294 / 3°13'45"W

OS Eastings: 317238

OS Northings: 324708

OS Grid: SJ172247

Mapcode National: GBR 6W.VVCS

Mapcode Global: WH78W.CJGX

Entry Name: Llwyn Bryn-Dinas Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 379

Cadw Legacy ID: DE121

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llangedwyn

Traditional County: Denbighshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hillfort, which dates to the later Bronze Age (c.1100-800 BC) and the Iron Age period (c.800 BC to 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.

Llwyn Bryn-Dinas Camp occupies a prominent hilltop on the northern side of the Tanat Valley. A single rampart, up to 2m in height, rings the hilltop, with traces of an external ditch around part of the circuit. A single entrance lies in the east, at the head of a deep, natural gully. The interior, which measures c.3.2 ha, is fragmented into small terraces by linear outcrops of natural bedrock. A small natural pond lies within a central hollow of the interior. Small-scale excavations in 1983 indicated that the hillfort was defended by an impressive stone-faced rampart constructed in the later Bronze Age, with evidence of Iron Age bronze and iron-working in the form of a hearth and fragments of crucibles.

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 in 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 the areas around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive.

Source: Cadw

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