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Pen-Coed Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Llanddowror, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 51.7861 / 51°47'9"N

Longitude: -4.5455 / 4°32'43"W

OS Eastings: 224522

OS Northings: 212779

OS Grid: SN245127

Mapcode National: GBR D4.YP4W

Mapcode Global: VH2P9.5CBM

Entry Name: Pen-Coed Camp

Scheduled Date: 7 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2136

Cadw Legacy ID: CM142

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - inland

Period: Prehistoric

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanddowror

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). Inland promontory forts are usually located on a ridge or spur with steep slopes on 2 or 3 sides, and artificial ramparts on the level approaches. Alternatively they may have been constructed on a promontory above the confluence of two rivers, or in the bend of a meander. Pen-coed Camp is defended on the west by triple banks and ditches and the ground falls away steeply on the east.

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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