PEN-Y-GAER HILLFORT

Site Details



NPRN
95289
Map Reference
SH76NW
Grid Reference
SH74996930
Unitary (Local) Authority
Conwy
Old County
Caernarfonshire
Community
Caerhun
Type of Site
HILLFORT
Broad Class
Defence
Period
Iron Age

Site Description

A strongly walled fort which crowns a hill at the east end of a long ridge descending from the Carneddau towards the Conway Valley: the defences are defined by three ramparts almost certainly incorporating the work of several periods. The entrance lies at the W end of the fort, at the point of easiest approach. Outside the outer rampart on the S and W are two areas set with pointed stones to form a chevaux-de-frise, local rocks 0.3m to 0.9m long but mainly the shorter lengths. Inside and between the ramparts are 20 huts in one of which excavation revealed evidence for iron working.
RCAHMW, 1950

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