Berry Wood

Iron Age Hillfort

The Berry Wood Ringwork is a historical site that consists of the remnants of an earthwork or stone-built enclosure. While the exact date and purpose of the enclosure remain unclear, it is believed to be from the later prehistoric period.

The Berry Ringwork is a roughly circular, multi-enclosure hillfort located above a stream that flows towards the sea at Oxwich Burrows. It is situated on moderate to strong slopes on the south and west sides, while the northern and eastern slopes are less steep. The fort was originally comprised of widely-spaced ramparts, enclosing an internal area of approximately 0.4 hectares. The inner enclosure, which was about 33 meters in diameter and covered an area of 0.1 hectares, was situated towards the southwest, although it has been mostly ploughed out over time.

The outer enclosure, with a diameter of approximately 73 meters, had a bank measuring up to 0.5 meters in height and a counterscarp of about 0.2 meters in height, which is still visible on the southeast side near Berry Wood. It also had a shallow outer ditch. However, erosion has taken its toll on the site since 1970, and the rest of the circuit has almost disappeared entirely. The site was defined as a ringwork by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) and is also indicated on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map from 1879. There have been minimal investigations at the site, and its exact date and purpose remain unknown

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