Dyfed Archaeological Trust Historic Environment
of this information is subject to the terms and conditions of access to
Welsh HER data published on DAT's website
This information is supplied
for the purposes of personal interest only and may not be used as part
of a commercial project.
contact the HER if you have any further questions regarding this information,
if you would like any of the sources followed up or if you have information
that could improve the record in any way. Primary Reference Numbers (PRNs)
should be quoted in any correspondence.
GAERPrimary Reference Number (PRN) : 2084
Trust : Dyfed
Site Type : Defended enclosure
Period : Iron Age
Community : Beulah
NGR : SN24584327
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument
Located on the crest of a long and fairly steep slope, the earthwork of Gaer commands long ranging views from the northwest through to the south. It is located at a little over 90m above sea level. To the west the land falls away steadily to the floor of the Teifi valley at c. 20m. To the east, north and southeast the land rises very gently towards rounded high points a few hundred metres distant.
The earthwork consists of a circular platform about 1.5m high and approximately 35m - 40m across its widest extent, about 20m - 25m diameter across the top of the platform. There is no obvious external ditch and no entrance onto (into) the platform. The internal area is very slightly dished, rather than flat. A slight, wide earthwork bank leads down the steep slope from the platform; this may be a natural feature. In 2005 the site was under improved pasture.
The nature of Gaer is uncertain. The platform nature of the earthwork and absence of a ditch do not indicate an Iron Age defended enclosure or a medieval ringwork. It is too large for a prehistoric burial mound. The closest parallels are probably the raised raths of Ireland.
K Murphy 30 September 2005
Poucher,P , 2010 , Gaer, Llandygwydd, Ceredigion Geophysical Survey
Poucher,P , 2010 , 98875 Gaer Geophysical Survey.pdf ( © DAT)
CADW , 2011 , Notification of Scheduling: Llandygwydd Defended enclosure
K. Murphy, R. Ramsey and M. Page , 2006 , A SURVEY OF DEFENDED ENCLOSURES IN CEREDIGION, 2006: GAZETTEER OF ORDNANCE SURVEY GRID SQUARE SN24
Hogg,AHA , 1962 , Bulletin of the Board of Celtic Studies ,
Lewis,S , 1833 , Topographical Dictionary of Wales ,
Meyrick,SR , 1810 , History of Cardiganshire ,
Murphy,K , 2004 , Assessment of Prehistoric Defended Enclosures 2004-5, Report No 2004-100 ,
OS , 1972 ,
66676 : GAER, FIELD OBSERVATION, 1972 (year : 1972)
98875 : Gaer, Llandygwydd, Ceredigion (year : 2010)
54269 : PREHISTORIC DEFENDED ENCLOSURES: CEREDIGION (year : 2007)
Related PRNs : 52108
May 25, 2013, 10:22 pm
- Html file produced from the Regional Historic Environment Record:
Archaeological Trust, The Shire Hall, 8 Carmarthen Street, Llandeilo
01558 823131, Fax: 01558 823133
data, from the Historic Environment Record, supplied by The Dyfed Archaeological
Trust in partnership with Local Authorities, Cadw and the partners of ENDEX
© DAT, 2013 (and in part © Crown, 2013).