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BURRY HOLMS PROMONTORY FORT

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NPRN 301302

Map Reference SS39SE

Grid Reference SS39889258

Unitary (Local) Authority Swansea

Old County Glamorgan

Community Llangennith

Type of Site PROMONTORY FORT

Broad Class Defence

Period Roman

Site Description A bank and ditch, about 100m in length with a simple causewayed entrance, cuts off the higher, western part of Burry Holmes island, effecting an enclosure, about 112m east-west by 60-100m. Romano-British pottery was found in excavating the ditch in 1965 and a roundhouse, 5.6m in diameter, dated by a sherd of 2nd century Samian was excavated at the western of the island, 2000-2001: the defended enclosure can be linked with underlying traces of occupation found when excavating the monastic site in the east of the island (see Nprn94719).

Sources: OS 495 card; SS39SE3;
Walker 2000 (AW 40), 88-9;
2001 (Morgannwg 45), 81.

RCAHMW AP945091/55

J.Wiles 30.05.2002

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