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Wantyn Dyke

A Scheduled Monument in Kerry (Ceri), Powys

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Latitude: 52.5163 / 52°30'58"N

Longitude: -3.2 / 3°12'0"W

OS Eastings: 318665

OS Northings: 291606

OS Grid: SO186916

Mapcode National: GBR 9Y.GDV8

Mapcode Global: VH68C.H04W

Entry Name: Wantyn Dyke

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3010

Cadw Legacy ID: MG208

Schedule Class: Monument

Category: Linear earthwork

Period: Early Medieval

County: Powys

Community: Kerry (Ceri)

Traditional County: Montgomeryshire


The monument consists of the remains of a cross-dyke, a defensive boundary or earthwork, dating to the later prehistoric/early medieval period. The probable course of the Wantyn Dyke runs for approximately 3km from SO 18299211 in the NW to SO 19668957 in the SE. It consists of a bank with a ditch on the western side. The entire length is in variable condition, owing to centuries of degradation from the plough. Three sections are included under this scheduling.

The monument is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of later prehistoric/medieval defensive organisation and settlement. It retains significant archaeological potential, with a strong probability of the presence of associated archaeological features and deposits. A dyke may be part of a larger cluster of monuments and their importance can further enhanced by their group value.

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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