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Pentre Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Llangyniew (Llangynyw), Powys

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Latitude: 52.6766 / 52°40'35"N

Longitude: -3.3069 / 3°18'24"W

OS Eastings: 311734

OS Northings: 309567

OS Grid: SJ117095

Mapcode National: GBR 9S.4JGM

Mapcode Global: WH79F.5ZJF

Entry Name: Pentre Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2999

Cadw Legacy ID: MG124

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Llangyniew (Llangynyw)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hillfort or defended enclosure, 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. Hillforts formed symbols of power within the landscape, while their function may have had as much to do with ostentation and display as defence. Pentre Camp is situated at the western end of a NE-SW aligned ridge. It is a small, oval, multivallate contour hillfort, measuring c.74m x 48m, with five ramparts in the south and east, and three in the north and west. The third and fourth ramparts are linked in the east to form an in-turned entrance. Stretches of stone within the field boundaries where they cross the ramparts may have formed part of the original defensive structures. A possible outwork has been identified to the north, close to a water source.

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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