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Pen-y-Coedcae Roman Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Pontypridd, Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

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Latitude: 51.5833 / 51°34'59"N

Longitude: -3.3482 / 3°20'53"W

OS Eastings: 306686

OS Northings: 188024

OS Grid: ST066880

Mapcode National: GBR HQ.CDJX

Mapcode Global: VH6DQ.XGBK

Entry Name: Pen-y-Coedcae Roman Camp

Scheduled Date: 16 September 1959

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2891

Cadw Legacy ID: GM267

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Marching camp

Period: Roman

County: Rhondda, Cynon, Taff (Rhondda Cynon Taf)

Community: Pontypridd

Traditional County: Glamorgan


The monument comprises the remains of a Roman marching camp, probably dating from the conquest of Wales by the Romans in the first century AD (probably around AD 74 - 77). It was built as a temporary camp by a marching army as units of the Roman legions pushed west. Pen-y-Coedcae Roman marching camp is the third largest marching camp recorded in Wales. The camp is the typical playing card" shape with straight sides 478m by 320m in length with rounded corners. The boundary is defined today by a combination of surviving earthworks

Source: Cadw

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