SN1333 : Carn Alw fortified outcrop

taken 10 years ago, 3 km from Eglwyswen, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Carn Alw fortified outcrop
Carn Alw fortified outcrop
"An unusually vigorously protected small enclosure under the lee of a dolerite crag which the defensive wall encloses." (N.P.Figgis, Prehistoric Preseli)
The rock formations create natural defenses on all sides of Carn Alw save the southeast where an unusual 'chevaux de frise' semi-circle of protruding stones has been put in place to deter attackers.
There are no signs of human habitation and it may be that valuable stock (horses or cattle) were enclosed here.
The name Carn Alw means Call Cairn, sometimes rendered as Fort of Echoes: it is reputed to have such qualities, and some authorities believe that 'ringing stones' can be found here. See LinkExternal link
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SN1333, 24 images   (more nearby )
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Date Taken
Sunday, 16 August, 2009   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 19 August, 2009
Category
Fort   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 138 337 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:58.2533N 4:42.6475W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SN 135 337
View Direction
EAST (about 90 degrees)
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