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Roundton Hillfort

A Scheduled Monument in Churchstoke (Yr Ystog), Powys

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Latitude: 52.5481 / 52°32'53"N

Longitude: -3.0426 / 3°2'33"W

OS Eastings: 329395

OS Northings: 294980

OS Grid: SO293949

Mapcode National: GBR B4.DHLK

Mapcode Global: VH75Q.66VZ

Entry Name: Roundton Hillfort

Scheduled Date: 23 March 2010

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1401

Cadw Legacy ID: MG337

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Churchstoke (Yr Ystog)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument comprises the well-preserved remains of a Hillfort, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 43), and occupies the summit of Roundton Hill with extensive 360 degree views of the surrounding area. The Hillfort is protected by a well-defined stone and earth rampart that encircles the summit of the hill on the N, W and S sides with the E side being defended by a very steep natural scarp. There is a simple narrow entrance gap on the NE side of the rampart behind which is a level area that may well retain evidence for internal buildings - hut circles. The Hillfort measures 180m N/S by 130m E/W

The exceptional preservation of this monument qualifies it of being of national importance with potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric defensive organisation. There is a strong probability of the presence of evidence relating to chronology, layout, building techniques and functional detail within the relatively undisturbed interior of the Hillfort.

The area scheduled comprises the remains described and an area around which related evidence may be expected to survive. It is roughly ovoid in shape on plan and measures 200m N/S by 165m transversely and is located at NGR SO29379/94971.

Source: Cadw

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