Gwynedd Archaeological Trust
Regional Historic Environment Record

Pier Camp Hillfort, Garth, Bangor

Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 2299
Trust : Gwynedd
Site Type : HILLFORT
Period : Roman
Community : Bangor
NGR : SH58087285
Legal Protection : Scheduled Ancient Monument

Summary :
Pier Camp hillfort is located in a ridge above the city of Bangor with extensive views in all directions but to the south. The remaining defences consist of a bank of broken shale, reduced in places to a scarp c.1m high. Although largely removed by cultivation, it is likely that the bank once formed part of a rectangular enclosure some some 43m by 30m. The site has never been excavated but a coin of Constantius was found there which is now in the Museum of Welsh Antiquities, Bangor.

Description :
A bank of broken shale and outcrop rock extends some 90m across the ridge, mainly 3.3m high, there is a gap near the centre. The rock outcrop, possibly natural, is likely to be part of a strong rectangular enclosure. A Constantinian coin was recently found on the site. <1>

There is no indication that the bank formed a rectangular enclosure and if ever complete, the most likely course for the NE side would be along the present field-wall. <2>

Sources :
Berks, T. & Davidson, A. , 2007 , Historic Towns Survey of Gwynedd: Bangor ( © GAT)
Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments , 1960 , Caernarvonshire , <1>
Ordnance Survey , 1962 , SH57SE 1 , <2>
Thompson, D. , 1989 , PRN 2299 , <3>
Kelly, R. S. , 1992 , PRN 5221 , <4>
Davidson, A. , 1985 , Pier Camp , <5>
Davidson, A. , 1991 , Pier Camp , <6>
Mason, M. , 1996 , Pier Camp , <7>
Cadw , 1997 , Pier Camp , <8>

Events :
42334 : Cn 073 Fmw Site Visit (year : 1985)
42335 : Cn 073 Fmw Site Visit (year : 1991)
42336 : Cn 073 Fmw Site Visit (year : 1996)
42337 : Prn 2299 Gat Site Visit (year : 1989)
42338 : Prn 2299 Gat Site Visit (year : 1992)
40719 : Historic Towns Survey of Gwynedd: Bangor (year : 2007)

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