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South Hook Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Herbrandston, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.7146 / 51°42'52"N

Longitude: -5.0903 / 5°5'25"W

OS Eastings: 186613

OS Northings: 206279

OS Grid: SM866062

Mapcode National: GBR G4.Y372

Mapcode Global: VH1RX.Q59G

Entry Name: South Hook Camp

Scheduled Date: 19 March 1957

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2055

Cadw Legacy ID: PE307

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Herbrandston

Built-Up Area: Works, nr Milford Haven

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises the remains of a defended enclosure, which probably dates to the Iron Age period (c. 800 BC - AD 43). The enclosure is located on a narrow coastal promontory above the sea that marks part of the defensive circuit. The construction of one or more ramparts placed across the neck of the promontory divide it from the mainland. South Hook Camp is strongly defended by a single rampart and rock cut ditch. The ends of the defences have been eroded so that no entrance is now traceable. 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, layout, 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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