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Slwch Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Brecon (Aberhonddu), Powys

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.9462 / 51°56'46"N

Longitude: -3.3745 / 3°22'28"W

OS Eastings: 305620

OS Northings: 228415

OS Grid: SO056284

Mapcode National: GBR YP.MKLJ

Mapcode Global: VH6BZ.GBCW

Entry Name: Slwch Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 1711

Cadw Legacy ID: BR038

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Powys

Community: Brecon (Aberhonddu)

Built-Up Area: Brecon

Traditional County: Brecknockshire

Description

The monument comprises the remains of a hillfort, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 74, the Roman conquest of Wales). Hillforts are usually Iocated on hilltops and surrounded by a single or multiple earthworks of massive proportions. Hillforts must have formed symbols of power within the landscape, while their function may have had as much to do with ostentation and display as defence. There is no evident rampart on the steep south side. The entrance is at the north-west corner and comprises a simple gap 16 yds wide and on the ridge. There is a gap in middle of north side and the ditch appears to have been filled in, which is probably modern.

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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