Iron Age Hillfort

Coed-y-Mwstwr Contour hillfort is situated on a solitary rounded hill, located north of Coychurch and positioned between the Ewenny and Ogmore rivers. The slopes surrounding the hillfort are moderate to the east and steeper in other directions. The fort measures approximately 180m in east-west direction and 170m in north-south direction, with an internal area of 2.5 hectares. However, it has suffered significant degradation over time, with the banks now only visible as breaks in slope, particularly in the northern half. During the RCAHMW investigation in 1963, the banks were recorded to be 9m wide and approximately 0.8m in height. There are traces of a possible circuit outline to the south in the form of a field bank. On the northern side, there are faint remnants of potentially an outer rampart or ramparts, although no ditches are visible. The interior of the hillfort does not show any discernible internal features and is primarily used as pastureland. The site has been heavily degraded due to cultivation, and the probable position of the banks is now barely noticeable breaks in the slope. Minimal investigations have been conducted at the site, and the exact age of the hillfort remains uncertain.

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