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Sunnyhill Wood Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Tregaron, Ceredigion

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Latitude: 52.2242 / 52°13'27"N

Longitude: -3.9238 / 3°55'25"W

OS Eastings: 268687

OS Northings: 260184

OS Grid: SN686601

Mapcode National: GBR DZ.21C1

Mapcode Global: VH4GD.XCZ9

Entry Name: Sunnyhill Wood Camp

Scheduled Date: 22 September 1949

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2564

Cadw Legacy ID: CD108

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Ceredigion

Community: Tregaron

Built-Up Area: Tregaron

Traditional County: Cardiganshire


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 located 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. This hillfort is situated on a rocky plateau, enclosing an area c.50m across. It is defended on the north-west and south-west by natural steep slopes, and on the gentler north-east and east by an impressive double bank and ditch. The inner bank here stands c.5m high externally, and c.2 to c.3m above the rocky interior, while the outer bank stands c.5m high above both the intermediate ditch and the exterior ground level; only slight traces of an outer ditch are visible beyond it. The entrance was probably on the south-east.

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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