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Porth-y-Rhaw Camp

A Scheduled Monument in St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.8724 / 51°52'20"N

Longitude: -5.2165 / 5°12'59"W

OS Eastings: 178675

OS Northings: 224208

OS Grid: SM786242

Mapcode National: GBR C7.SBR5

Mapcode Global: VH0TM.J6LF

Entry Name: Porth-y-Rhaw Camp

Scheduled Date: 23 April 1952

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2695

Cadw Legacy ID: PE273

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 43). The enclosure is located on a narrow coastal promontory above the sea that marks part of the defensive circuit. The construction of one or more ramparts placed across the neck of the promontory divide it from the mainland. Porth-y-Rhaw Camp is defended on the landward side by three great triple banks and ditches. The interior of the camp has been largely eroded by the sea. 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, layout, 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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