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Watery Bay Rath

A Scheduled Monument in Marloes and St. Brides (Marloes a Sain Ffrêd), Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.7258 / 51°43'32"N

Longitude: -5.232 / 5°13'55"W

OS Eastings: 176888

OS Northings: 207954

OS Grid: SM768079

Mapcode National: GBR G2.0FVD

Mapcode Global: VH0V6.8WFC

Entry Name: Watery Bay Rath

Scheduled Date: 8 June 1950

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 3039

Cadw Legacy ID: PE194

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Marloes and St. Brides (Marloes a Sain Ffrêd)

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. Watery Bay Rath is defended on lanward side by triple banks and ditches. 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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