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Moel Arthur Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Llandyrnog, Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

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Latitude: 53.1846 / 53°11'4"N

Longitude: -3.2806 / 3°16'50"W

OS Eastings: 314520

OS Northings: 366048

OS Grid: SJ145660

Mapcode National: GBR 6T.37LL

Mapcode Global: WH773.L60X

Entry Name: Moel Arthur Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3084

Cadw Legacy ID: FL010

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Denbighshire (Sir Ddinbych)

Community: Llandyrnog

Traditional County: Denbighshire


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 Iocated on hilltops and surrounded by a single or multiple earthworks of massive proportions. Hillforts formed symbols of power within the landscape, while their function may have had as much to do with ostentation and display as defence. This small hillfort occupies a strong defensive position with precipitous slopes above the pass Bwlch y Rhyfeinig. The gentle summit is encircled by artificial terraces above the steeper slopes, with double ramparts in the north and northeast where the slopes are gentler. There is a single inturned entrance in the east, and the enclosed area measures c.1.5ha.

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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