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Maes y Gaer Camp (Hillfort)

A Scheduled Monument in Aber, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.2327 / 53°13'57"N

Longitude: -4.0042 / 4°0'15"W

OS Eastings: 266323

OS Northings: 372505

OS Grid: SH663725

Mapcode National: GBR 5V.0CSY

Mapcode Global: WH549.G0GK

Entry Name: Maes y Gaer Camp (Hillfort)

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3481

Cadw Legacy ID: CN038

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Aber

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


A hillfort with a single stone rampart enclosing 0.06 ha. It is pear-shaped in plan with the narrow end pointing towards the SW. At its maximum it is 122 m long and 67 m wide. On the S and E sides the rampart is mostly a mass of loose rubble, but some facing stones remain, suggesting an original width of 2.4 m. Along the N and W sides the rampart follows a terrace, and the stone is covered with herbaceous vegetation to form a grass bank. The entrance is in the SE corner and is just over 3 m wide. Two facing stones on either side of the entrance remain.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of prehistoric settlement and defence. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. The structures themselves may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

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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