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Y Foel Camp

A Scheduled Monument in Clynnog, Gwynedd

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Latitude: 53.031 / 53°1'51"N

Longitude: -4.3124 / 4°18'44"W

OS Eastings: 245030

OS Northings: 350688

OS Grid: SH450506

Mapcode National: GBR 5G.F2XY

Mapcode Global: WH43Z.Q2PQ

Entry Name: Y Foel Camp

Scheduled Date:

Source: Cadw

Source ID: 291

Cadw Legacy ID: CN115

Schedule Class: Defence

Category: Hillfort

Period: Prehistoric

County: Gwynedd

Community: Clynnog

Traditional County: Caernarfonshire


The monument comprises the remains of a hillfort situated on top of a ridge which runs ESE - WNW, defended by a bank and internal ditch, with further defences on the E and W where the ridge is crossed. The ditch is no longer visible on the S side. There are remains of an inner bank on the N and E sides. There was a simple entrance on the W side. The defences on the W contain an additional bank and ditch, 13 m wide overall and with a difference of 0.5 m between the bottom of the ditch and the top of the bank. On the E the main ditch has been supplemented by two banks and ditches, the outer pair having an overall width of 5.5. m, with the ditch 0.75 m deep; the inner pair having an overall width of 5 m and the ditch being 0.6 m deep. A modern field wall runs between the inner and middle ramparts.

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.

Source: Cadw

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