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Perwick Promontory Fort

Period: Iron Age - Early Medieval

NGR Easting: 220680

NGR Northing: 467060

Description: Site of late Iron Age or early medieval promontory fort.

The full extent of the fort was recorded by the Ordnance Survey First Edition 1:2500 mapping of 1868. The promontory is naturally defensible, with rocky cliffs to the north-west and south-east. The approach from the landward direction is artificially defended by substantial earthwork defences consisting of an outer ditch 70m long. Additional earthwork banks and ditches within the defended area created a causeway leading to the most westerly tip of the headland. No corresponding causeway or entrance through the outer defences was recorded by the OS. Today a fragment of the outer ditch survives at its south-eastern end, and still measures 10m wide and 3m deep.

Around 1900, a house was been built in the centre of the fort and the outer ditch was largely filled in except for the remains described above. Faint traces of the inner earthworks are still apparent, again on the south-easterly side of the promontory, but otherwise other features have been obscured or destroyed, leaving few if any intelligible surface remains.

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Site & Monument Type: promontory fort

Category: National Monuments Record: Archaeological Sites [single-site]

Site ID number: 0096.00

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