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Pier Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Bangor, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.2339 / 53°14'1"N

Longitude: -4.1277 / 4°7'39"W

OS Eastings: 258082

OS Northings: 372873

OS Grid: SH580728

Mapcode National: GBR 5P.0CSJ

Mapcode Global: WH541.KZM6

Entry Name: Pier Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 182

Cadw Legacy ID: CN073

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Earthwork (unclassified)

Period: Unknown

County: Gwynedd

Community: Bangor

Built-Up Area: Bangor

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


A low bank forming a scarp 2.5m high runs for 85m in a WNW-ESE direction. It then turns and runs for some 37m in a NNE direction. The site lies on a ridge with extensive views in all directions but the south. A possible entrance exists in the S side, but this may equally be the result of modern disturbance. The field wall to the NE may mark the site of further earthworks and a steep natural slope forms the W and NW side.

The site has never been excavated, but a Roman coin (of Constantinian) was found there in the early 1960s. The site may also be an Iron Age hillfort, a Roman fort or the remains of a medieval castle (woodland in the south part of the scheduled area contains a mound which may not be entirely natural). Alternatively, the banks may be the result of past agricultural practices.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of settlement and defence in the past. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits.

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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