1106 CASTELL GILFACH GAM

PRN 1106 NGR SN29123325


SITE NAME CASTELL GILFACH GAM


SITE TYPE PROMONTORY FORT FORM Earthwork


PERIOD Iron Age CONDITION C SITE STATUS DESCRIPTION


Castell Gilfach Gam is an inland promontory fort lying at 160m above sea level. The summit of the triangular promontory enclosed by defences is c.50m wide and 55m long and is protected by natural steep slopes to the west, north and east. A built defence defends the easily approachable southwest side. The site is overlooked from the southwest.


A description by the RCAHM in 1925 is rather confused, and seems to mix natural features, hedge-banks and defences. A good description was provided by G Williams in 1977. He recorded a c.50m long very spread bank and ditch running east-west and cutting off c. 55m of the north tip of the promontory. This defence made use of a natural gully at its east end. Everything else was considered by Williams to be natural or a hedge-bank. In 2007, Williams' interpretation was confirmed. The bank and ditch were the same as in 1977. A possible outer ditch was also noted, some 40m outside, southwest, of the bank and ditch recorded by Williams.


The site was under improved pasture in 2007.


K Murphy and R Ramsey 3 January 2007


(Dyfed Archaeological Society)

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