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Bedd y Gwr Hir Cairn(s)
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Black Cliff Hillfort
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Bulwarks Camp (Chepstow) Promontory Fort
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Cae Camp Hillfort
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Campswood Hill Hillfort
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Camp Hill Enclosure
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Candwr Camp Enclosure
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Carn-y-Defaid Cairn(s)
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Carn Blorenge Round Cairn
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Carreg Maen Taro Standing Stone / Menhir
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Castell Prin Hillfort
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Chepstow Park Wood Round Cairn
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Coed y Bwnydd Hillfort
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Crick Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Cwm Bwchel, Black Mountains Round Cairn
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Devil's Lap of Stones Round Barrow(s)
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Five Lanes Round Barrow(s) (Destroyed)
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Foresters Oaks Round Barrow Round Barrow(s)
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Gaer-fawr (Usk) Hillfort
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Gaer Hill Hillfort
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Gaer Llwyd Burial Chamber
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Garn Wen Cairn(s)
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Graig-ddu, Black Mountains Round Cairn
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Gray Hill Stone Circle
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Great Barnets Wood Hillfort
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Harold's Stones Standing Stones
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Hatterrall Hill Promontory Fort
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Heston Brake Long Barrow
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Larches Hillfort
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Llanfihangel Rogiet Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llangybi Bottom Standing Stone / Menhir
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Llanmelin Wood Hillfort
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Loxidge Tump, Black Mountains Cairn(s)
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Maen Llwyd (Llanddewi Skirrid) Standing Stone / Menhir (Destroyed)
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Middle Hendre Round Barrow(s)
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Pen-Rhiw Enclosure
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Pen-Twyn Camp (Crucorney) Hillfort
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Piercefield Camp Hillfort
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Rhiw Arw Cairn(s)
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Sudbrook Cliff Fort
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Thornwell Chambered Tomb
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Twyn y Gaer Camp (Crucorney) Hillfort
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Ty-Canol Artificial Mound
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Wentwood Barrows Round Barrow(s)
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Wilcrick Hill Hillfort
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Ysgyryd Fawr Hillfort
Sites of disputed antiquity:
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Llanvair-Discoed Standing Stone / Menhir
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Willis Hill Enclosure


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I don't know where this can refer to. Perhaps someone reading will know. The folklore is just what you'd expect for a prehistoric site.
Gentlemen - Some few years ago I was travelling on a coach between Chepstow and Abergavenny, when my attention was drawn to some large stones lying prostrate on the right hand side of the road, but on which side of the town of Usk I cannot now remember.

.. I found that in the eyes of the coachman, and also of the whole neighbourhood, they were considered rather as a lion, not on account of being Celtic remains, but because it had required the united force of the farm-horses of the neighbourhood to pull them down, and that they could not even then remove the disunited masses from the spot.
Thanks, Mr Richard GP Minty for your vagueness. Perhaps the stones have gone now anyway? But you never know, especially if they were that stubborn.

from 'Archaeologia Cambrensis' v II (1847), p 275.
Rhiannon Posted by Rhiannon
24th November 2007ce
Edited 25th November 2007ce

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Llanmelin Wood (Hillfort) — Images (click to view fullsize)

<b>Llanmelin Wood</b>Posted by juamei juamei Posted by juamei
25th March 2018ce

Wilcrick Hill (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Wilcrick Hill</b>Posted by juamei juamei Posted by juamei
25th March 2018ce

Ysgyryd Fawr (Hillfort) — Fieldnotes

Visited 7 March 2010.

A visit to the "Three Castles" of Skenfrith, Grosmont and White Castle with some friends includes a walk up Edmund's Tump (Graig Syfyrddin), a prominent hill in eastern Monmouthshire. A lovely spring day, a bit of a chill lingering from a cold morning, the mud still firmly frosted. From the hill, an impressive view stretches west across the Monnow valley to the Black Mountains, but the real draw for me lies nearer at hand in the form of the wedge-shaped Ysgyryd Fawr, an outlier of the bigger hills, sharp-crested and solitary in its elevation above the valley. It looks close enough to touch.

After leaving White Castle, a hasty plan is made to climb Ysgyrd Fawr before the light fades. We park to the south and make our way through woods to the steeply rising ridge. The sky is a deep blue, the ranks of hills, ridges and mountains themselves hazy in powder and periwinkle, ice and Delft.

It's cold on the top, the summit is exposed to winds that didn't register down below. The views are wonderful though, I watch a couple of planes leave their high altitude vapour trails, the only mark on the otherwise flawless sky. There's little to see of any hillfort, although scant remains of the later chapel are discernable. But coming here isn't really about the archaeology, it's a matter of location and landscape.

It's not long since I climbed the neighbouring Blorenge, a first foray to these South Wales peaks. By now my appetite is properly whetted and I long to visit the hills I can see spread before me. I won't be waiting long.
thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
3rd March 2018ce

Ysgyryd Fawr (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Ysgyryd Fawr</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Ysgyryd Fawr</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
19th February 2018ce

Carn Blorenge (Round Cairn) — Images

<b>Carn Blorenge</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Carn Blorenge</b>Posted by thesweetcheat<b>Carn Blorenge</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
7th January 2018ce

Ysgyryd Fawr (Hillfort) — Images

<b>Ysgyryd Fawr</b>Posted by thesweetcheat thesweetcheat Posted by thesweetcheat
7th January 2018ce

Harold's Stones (Standing Stones) — News

Mystery as landmark defaced overnight§ionIs=news&searchyear=2017

RESIDENTS of Trellech woke up to a strange sight on Sunday morning (1st October) when their historic standing stones took on a new look.
The three stones are known as Harold’s Stones, supposedly erected by Harold, last of the Saxon kings, in commemoration of a victory over the Britons in 1063. The stones also supposedly gave the village its name, with ‘tri’ meaning three, and ‘llech,’ stone, in ancient Welsh.
But Sunday morning saw the stones clad in a white plastic with the letters L, E and S taped onto the plastic. The ‘work of art’ had been signed ‘Angel 17’ which gave no clues to the originator of the work.
Local resident Stephanie Poulter first saw them when driving by and thought to herself that some effort had been put into this.
“It was a mystery who had done this but obviously someone had gone to a great deal of effort,” she told the Beacon.
The plot thickened as by 5pm, the wrapping had vanished, taken down by someone unknown.
MelMel Posted by MelMel
5th October 2017ce
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