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Sealyham Quarries Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Wolfscastle (Cas-blaidd), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.9084 / 51°54'30"N

Longitude: -4.9684 / 4°58'6"W

OS Eastings: 195912

OS Northings: 227485

OS Grid: SM959274

Mapcode National: GBR CL.PSC9

Mapcode Global: VH1R0.T9RB

Entry Name: Sealyham Quarries Camp

Scheduled Date: 9 July 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2688

Cadw Legacy ID: PE255

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Promontory Fort - inland

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Wolfscastle (Cas-blaidd)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). Inland promontory forts are usually located on a ridge or spur with steep slopes on 2 or 3 sides, and artificial ramparts on the level approaches. Alternatively they may have been constructed on a promontory above the confluence of two rivers, or in the bend of a meander. Selyham Quarries Camp is defended by a bank and ditch with an additional bank on the south-west. There is a steep fall on east side, accentuated by old quarrying, which may have removed part of the camp.

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, 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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