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Latitude: 52.9761 / 52°58'34"N
Longitude: -3.1177 / 3°7'3"W
OS Eastings: 325047
OS Northings: 342671
OS Grid: SJ250426
Mapcode National: GBR 70.JK6B
Mapcode Global: WH785.2GN8
Entry Name: Pen y Gaer Hillfort
Scheduled Date: 1 July 1987
Source ID: 2339
Cadw Legacy ID: DE231
Schedule Class: Defence
County: Wrexham (Wrecsam)
Community: Llangollen Rural (Llangollen Wledig)
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 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. The fort is univallet and measures aound 3 acres with a precipice forming a natural defence on the south west side and a thick stone rampart defending the other sides. There is a possible entrance in the east side and the interior is sloping with some stone features on the northern side.
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.
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