The earliest occupation on the site has been dated to the neolithic when a settlement was built here. Finds of flint and pottery show that this was a domestic site. The first defended settlement was built during the early iron age or possibly late bronze age. The defences consisted of no more than a double wooden palisade with an inturned entrance. Later during the iron age the occupants felt the need for larger defences.
They built massive earth ramparts which were reinforced by a timber frame. There were entrances at either end of the fort, the southern one being inturned.
After some years the hillfort was abandoned, perhaps after a fire. In the final period of occupation, during the later iron age, the hillfort was greatly enlarged adding a further 3.6 hectares on the north-west side.
The defences consisted of two lines of earth banks with stone revetting, the banks would have been topped with wooden palisades. A complex entrance was built at the south-west end of the fort where the natural defences were weakest. Outside the entrance an enclosure was built, perhaps to house animals. Little is known of the buildings in the interior although rectangular buildings set on four posts appear to have been built along the roadway in the fort.
Today the defensive banks and ditches of the last hillfort can be clearly seen on the ground. The site is now a pasture field with spectacular views of Montgomery castle, town and the surrounding countryside.
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The above information comes from the Sites and Monuments Record of the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust. For further information about the historic environment of this area, contact:-Jeff Spencer
Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust
7a Church Street
tel: (01938) 553670
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