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Promontory Fort south of Solva Harbour

A Scheduled Monument in Solva (Solfach), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.8703 / 51°52'12"N

Longitude: -5.194 / 5°11'38"W

OS Eastings: 180215

OS Northings: 223901

OS Grid: SM802239

Mapcode National: GBR C8.SBBS

Mapcode Global: VH0TM.X8J2

Entry Name: Promontory Fort S of Solva Harbour

Scheduled Date: 7 February 1983

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2726

Cadw Legacy ID: PE410

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Solva (Solfach)

Built-Up Area: Solva

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 43) and which is located at the end of a ridge or promontory overlooking Solva harbour in a strong naturally well-defended location. The polygonal enclosure measures approximately 75m southwest to northeast by 40m southeast to northwest and is defined by a spread, stony bank, possibly the remains of a wall. The approaches to the enclosure along the ridge are defended on the northeast side by a rock-cut ditch c. 4m wide and 1.5m deep with bank up to 1m high and 6m wide and on the southwest by a bank up to 2m high and 6m wide and external ditch 5m wide and 0.5m deep. The remaining sides well defended by natural slopes are protected by a low bank of c 0.5m high without any trace of a ditch. The entrance is on the northeast corner, approached by an entrance passage-way formed by the overlapping bank of the north side. In the interior two hut circles have been noted on the east and two rectangular structures on the west.

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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