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St David's Head Camp

A Scheduled Monument in St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.903 / 51°54'10"N

Longitude: -5.3121 / 5°18'43"W

OS Eastings: 172248

OS Northings: 227903

OS Grid: SM722279

Mapcode National: GBR C3.QC1M

Mapcode Global: VH0TC.WF1H

Entry Name: St David's Head Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3028

Cadw Legacy ID: PE071

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: St. David's and the Cathedral Close (Tŷddewi a Chlos y Gadeirlan)

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire

Description

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, and in this case, a triple rampart and ditch of stone. The rampart rises to a maximum height of 8 feet - the line of the face can generally by traced though the material has been much spread. The entrance is by a causeway with flanking walls and traces of guard houses at the inner end. Within the defences are several hut circles.

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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