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Roman Road c. 150m north west of Tal-y-Pal

A Scheduled Monument in Llanfair-ar-y-bryn, Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

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Latitude: 52.0248 / 52°1'29"N

Longitude: -3.758 / 3°45'28"W

OS Eastings: 279473

OS Northings: 237721

OS Grid: SN794377

Mapcode National: GBR Y6.GLGC

Mapcode Global: VH5DX.TC4N

Entry Name: Roman Road c. 150m NW of Tal-y-Pal

Scheduled Date: 7 November 2006

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1183

Cadw Legacy ID: CM370

Schedule Class: Transport

Category: Road

Period: Roman

County: Carmarthenshire (Sir Gaerfyrddin)

Community: Llanfair-ar-y-bryn

Traditional County: Carmarthenshire


The monument comprises the surviving earthworks of the Roman road between the forts at Llandovery and Castell Collen. The earthwork is visible as a well-preserved agger, or raised embankment, and situated within enclosed pasture. It measures c. 80m long, 12m wide and up to 0.5m tall. It is aligned NNE-SSW. The primary Roman road network was designed and constructed by the Roman army for the purpose of military conquest and rule. Roads were built and used throughout Roman Britain from the mid 1st century AD onwards. In Wales, the majority of the Roman road network dates from the Flavian-Trajanic conquest and garrison (between AD 74 and AD 117).

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Roman military organisation. The monument forms an important element within the wider context of the Roman occupation of Wales and the structure itself may be expected to contain archaeological information concerning chronology and building techniques.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around them within which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is broadly rectangular and measures 80m NNE-SSW by 20m transversely. The NNE end is located at NGR SN 79482 37758 and the SSW end is located at SN 79450 37681.

Source: Cadw

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