The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust
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Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 01834g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Community : Llanarth
NGR : SO36270967
Site Type (preferred type first) : Medieval Motte
Legal Protection : scheduled ancient monument

Summary :
Phillips notes that key features of the overgrown motte at Llanarth (5.6m in height), which has been badly damaged by quarrying and a later road construction, include its irregularly shaped area of 237.379m² and its potential to accommodate a number of buildings rather than a singular tower. It is located on top of a glacial deposit formed alongside a stream which formed a mound with a steep scarp, and utilises natural defences surrounded by fertile farmland. Phillips interprets the site as a motte most likely constructed for the purpose of land tenure and agricultural holdings; without a formidable defensive ditch it is thought that the castle was constructed during a time of relative peace (Phillips 2004).

Description :
Phillips notes that key features of the overgrown motte at Llanarth (5.6m in height), which has been badly damaged by quarrying and a later road construction, include its irregularly shaped area of 237.379m² and its potential to accommodate a number of buildings rather than a singular tower. It is located on top of a glacial deposit formed alongside a stream which formed a mound with a steep scarp, and utilises natural defences surrounded by fertile farmland. Phillips interprets the site as a motte most likely constructed for the purpose of land tenure and agricultural holdings; without a formidable defensive ditch it is thought that the castle was constructed during a time of relative peace (Phillips 2004).

Sources :
Phillips, N Dr , 2004 , Thesis: Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050 – 1250
01/Desc Text/Cadw/ Full Management Report/2006/ Copy in further information file

Events :
E004063 : Earthwork Castles of Gwent and Ergyng AD 1050 – 1250 (year : 2004)

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