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Pencraig-Fawr Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Mynachlog-Ddu (Mynachlog-ddu), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9037 / 51°54'13"N

Longitude: -4.7369 / 4°44'12"W

OS Eastings: 211813

OS Northings: 226334

OS Grid: SN118263

Mapcode National: GBR CW.Q9P3

Mapcode Global: VH2NL.VD4Z

Entry Name: Pencraig-Fawr Camp

Scheduled Date: 18 June 1952

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 335

Cadw Legacy ID: PE285

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Enclosure

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Mynachlog-Ddu (Mynachlog-ddu)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 43). Pencraig-Fawr Camp is an oval enclosure located on a gentle south-facing slope that measures c. 66m across and is defended by a bank up to 2m high externally and 0.25m internally with traces of an external ditch on the northeast side. The defensive bank is overlain on the north west side by a hedge-bank where there are also traces of an external ditch. Aerial photographs show the presence of additional concentric earthworks 35m to the west of the main rampart that are partially visible on the ground in the area of a presumed western entrance to the main enclosure.

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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