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Latitude: 51.7509 / 51°45'3"N
Longitude: -5.084 / 5°5'2"W
OS Eastings: 187219
OS Northings: 210299
OS Grid: SM872102
Mapcode National: GBR G4.VYP5
Mapcode Global: VH1RQ.T8M3
Entry Name: Syke Rath
Scheduled Date: 7 June 1950
Source ID: 349
Cadw Legacy ID: PE190
Schedule Class: Defence
Category: Promontory Fort - inland
County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)
Community: Walwyn's Castle (Castell Gwalchmai)
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. Syke Rath is defended on the north by double bank with ditch in between, and on other sides by steep slopes. Entrance at noth-east where the outerbnk tuns in to meet the inner. 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.
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