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Waun-Castell Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Scleddau, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Latitude: 51.952 / 51°57'7"N

Longitude: -4.9534 / 4°57'12"W

OS Eastings: 197144

OS Northings: 232290

OS Grid: SM971322

Mapcode National: GBR CL.M412

Mapcode Global: VH1QV.366F

Entry Name: Waun-Castell Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 2673

Cadw Legacy ID: PE140

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - inland

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Scleddau

Traditional County: Pembrokeshire


The monument comprises a defended enclosure dating to the Iron Age (c.800BC - 43AD). It is situated on high ground, overlooking a steep slope and stream to the west. The site consists of a semi-circular bank and external ditch which encircles most of the site, although the western side is defended naturally by the steep slope. The ditch is a particularly fine rock-cut example, 4m wide and up to 1.7m deep, with straight sides and a flat base. To the north, east and south the perimeter of the site is defined by a bank which, when measured from the base of the ditch, rises 2m -3m in height. An outer counterscarp bank rises up to 1.5m from the base of the bank. The interior of the site is irrregular, and slopes slightly to the north and west.

The site is of national importance for its potential to enhance our knowledge of Iron Age settlement and defence. Waun Castell is of particular note for the good survival of its defences, which has strong potential to provide archaeological evidence for their construction, modification and maintenance. The generally good state of preservation also means that there is strong potential for internal features to survive within the enclosure.

The area Scheduled comprises those remains described above and an area within which related remains might be expected to survive. The proposed area is irregular in shape, and measures 80m E-W and 88m N-S, centred on NGR SM 97141 32290.

Source: Cadw

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