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West Popton Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Angle, Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

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Coordinates

Latitude: 51.6938 / 51°41'37"N

Longitude: -5.0294 / 5°1'46"W

OS Eastings: 190723

OS Northings: 203792

OS Grid: SM907037

Mapcode National: GBR G6.F79Q

Mapcode Global: VH1RY.RPZF

Entry Name: West Popton Camp

Scheduled Date: 31 October 1951

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 464

Cadw Legacy ID: PE264

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Promontory Fort - coastal

Period: Prehistoric

County: Pembrokeshire (Sir Benfro)

Community: Angle

Built-Up Area: Rhoscrowther

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. West Popton Camp is defended on the west side by double banks and ditches. The outer bank is 12ft and the inner bank is 15ft above its ditch. The interior of the camp is covered with impenetrable bushes. On the east the ground falls steeply. 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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