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Priory Rath

A Scheduled Monument in Milford Haven (Aberdaugleddau), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.7233 / 51°43'23"N

Longitude: -5.0344 / 5°2'3"W

OS Eastings: 190518

OS Northings: 207092

OS Grid: SM905070

Mapcode National: GBR G6.CD0Y

Mapcode Global: VH1RR.PYC8

Entry Name: Priory Rath

Scheduled Date: 7 June 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 347

Cadw Legacy ID: PE186

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Rath

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Milford Haven (Aberdaugleddau)

Built-Up Area: Milford Haven

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises a small defended enclosure or rath, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (800 BC - 43 AD). Usually enclosed by a bank and ditch, raths often contain evidence of intensive occupation. Priory Rath occupies a west-facing slope above a minor inlet off Milford Haven. It comprises a sub-circular defended enclosure of about 80min diameter internally protected by a bank and ditch on the south east side. The bank is 2m in height above the interior and 3.3m above the ditch with a 0.6m high counterscarp bank. The defences run out to scarps to the north and south and are not readily traceable on the west side. There is a possible entrance on the south.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Iron Age settlement and social organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider later prehistoric landscape. The structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information in regard 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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