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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 ID: 2136
Cadw Legacy ID: CM142
Schedule Class: Defence
Category: Promontory Fort - inland
County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)
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.
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