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Lower House Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Berriew (Aberriw), Powys

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Latitude: 52.623 / 52°37'22"N

Longitude: -3.2277 / 3°13'39"W

OS Eastings: 316989

OS Northings: 303510

OS Grid: SJ169035

Mapcode National: GBR 9X.7S0B

Mapcode Global: WH79V.DB7H

Entry Name: Lower House Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2642

Cadw Legacy ID: MG154

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Berriew (Aberriw)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument consists of the remains of a defended enclosure surrounded by three banks and ditches probably dating to the Iron Age (c. 800 BC - AD 74). The enclosure is sub-oval in plan, with a probable entrance in the north-west. Such enclosures are thought to have contained farmsteads with roundhouses and associated ancillary structures, and to have been designed to safeguard and manage stock.

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, layout, 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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