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NPRN 93396

Map Reference ST39SW

Grid Reference ST3235091350

Unitary (Local) Authority Newport

Old County Monmouthshire

Community Caerleon

Type of Site HILLFORT

Broad Class DEFENCE

Period Iron Age

Site Description NAR ST39SW32

This is a great Iron Age hillfort crowning a hill overlooking the Roman legionary settlement of Caerleon. It encloses an area of some 2.2ha, roughly 280m by 50-100m, and is defined by three lines of massive ramparts and ditches with entrances to the west and east. There is a smaller enclosure at the western end.
Excavation in 2000 indicated that the hillfort was established in the fifth century BC and that it continued in-use, with periods of abandonment and modification, into the later Roman period in the fourth centry AD.

Sources: Howell & Pollard in Archaeology in Wales 40 (2000), 81-3
in the Monmouth Antiquary 18 (2002), 107-8
Pollard and others 'Lodge Hill Camp and the Hillforts of Gwent' (2006), BAR British series 407

J.Wiles 14.03.07

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