Stembridge Hillfort

Iron Age Hillfort

Stembridge Hillfort is located on a promontory overlooking the Burry Pill to the west, which is partially wooded and steep-sided. The surrounding slopes are moderate in steepness. The main bank on the northeast side of the promontory is strong, measuring about 2.5 meters in height, and is externally revetted with stones. The accompanying ditch is crescent-shaped and cuts off the triangular promontory, measuring approximately 69 to 74 meters in length. The promontory itself measures about 55 meters by 52 meters by 75 meters. There is a smaller bank located on the crest of a natural rise to the northeast of the main bank, measuring up to 7.5 meters in width and 1.3 meters in height, with no visible ditch. It is separated from the main bank by a berm of approximately 9.5 meters in width. There are traces, though unproven, of a slight bank above the steep scarp on the west and southeast sides, suggested as a possible palisade site by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) in 1976. There is a gap of approximately 3 meters between the southeast terminal of the main bank and the edge of the promontory, which is believed to be the original entrance. The site is covered in rough grass and scrub and has been partially mutilated by modern quarrying. Minimal investigations have been conducted at the site, and their dates are unknown. The site is also marked on the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map from 1879.

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