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Cefn Carnedd
Location Near Caersws, Wales
Type Hillfort
Length 437 metres (1,434 ft)
Width 84 metres (276 ft)
Area 6 hectares (15 acres)
History
Periods Iron Age

Cefn Carnedd is an Iron Age hillfort, about 1.5 miles (2 km) south-west of Caersws, in Powys, Wales. It is a scheduled monument.

It is on a hill overlooking the River Severn to the east, and Afon Cerist and Afon Trannon to the north; there is a river confluence to the north-east, between the fort and Caersws.

Description

The fort is about 437 metres (1,434 ft) by 84 metres (276 ft) orientated north-east to south-west, aligned with the shape of the hill; it encloses an area of about 6 hectares (15 acres). There are triple banks and ditches on the north-west side, and there are entrances in the north-east and south-west.

In an early phase, there was a smaller fort of 1.6 hectares (4.0 acres) at the south-west end, traces of the north-east rampart of this being visible in aerial photographs. There is a straight bank and ditch across the interior, which was built at a late stage.

History

It is thought that the fort may have been a stronghold of the Ordovices, and it is one of the locations suggested as the site of Caratacus's last battle in AD 51, when he was defeated by the Romans.

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