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Rath 150m south east of Pelcomb Farm

A Scheduled Monument in Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.8165 / 51°48'59"N

Longitude: -4.9923 / 4°59'32"W

OS Eastings: 193853

OS Northings: 217328

OS Grid: SM938173

Mapcode National: GBR CK.WLCX

Mapcode Global: VH1RD.FL4V

Entry Name: Rath 150m SE of Pelcomb Farm

Scheduled Date: 19 September 1978

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 350

Cadw Legacy ID: PE090

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Rath

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Haverfordwest (Hwlffordd)

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 contsin evidence of intensive occupation. This is a circular rath measuring 90 yds in diameter. The bank and ditch, though spread by cultivation, have been quite well preserved on the west side, but are less well preserved on the east. A break in the banks on the north-east and south-east perhaps denotes damage in the past.

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.

Source: Cadw

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