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Latitude: 52.3889 / 52°23'20"N
Longitude: -4.0363 / 4°2'10"W
OS Eastings: 261524
OS Northings: 278715
OS Grid: SN615787
Mapcode National: GBR 8T.QQVH
Mapcode Global: VH4FL.0710
Entry Name: Old Warren Hill Hillfort
Scheduled Date: 5 October 1998
Source ID: 1542
Cadw Legacy ID: CD168
Schedule Class: Defence
Traditional County: Cardiganshire
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. Old Warren hill is a substantial univallate hillfort sited defensively at the southern end of a natural spur overlooking the Rheidol valley. Although wooded, the site retains significant defensive ramparts particularly on its northern side. Other smaller but probably contemporary defended settlements are known along the Rheidol Valley.
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 surviving internal features and buried floor levels as well as 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.
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