Carningli Hillfort

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Mynydd Carningli

Carningli Hillfort is a 400 m long and 100 m wide hill fort on the Carningli ("Mountain of Angels", also called Mynydd Melyn) near Fishguard in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park in Pembrokeshire, Welsh .

Carningli basic plan

Hillforts usually come from the Iron Age or from the 1st millennium BC. The slopes of the Carningli are covered with traces from the Bronze Age and some features indicate that the Hillfort may also be older.

Although Carningli is not one of the larger hill forts in Wales, it is one of the most complex, with a series of stone ramparts embedded in natural rock outcrops and scree slopes that were part of the enclosure. Inside and outside these walls are terraced enclosures with round and rectangular huts around the hill fort. There are about 25 hut circles at the northeast end in the Hillfort and on the west side there are three separate enclosures. There are two more massive enclosures under the rubble on the eastern flank of the mountain . There is evidence that some of the structures were intentionally destroyed.

Records indicate an intermittent settlement in early Christian times. As with other Hillforts, the Celtic tribe that used the Carningli are believed to have practiced transhumance . The hillside settlement has not yet been excavated.

Nearby is Carn Ffoi .


  • James Ford-Johnston: Hillforts of the Iron Age in England and Wales: A Survey of the Surface Evidence . Liverpool: Liverpool University Press 1976.
  • Anna Ritchie, Graham Ritchie: Scotland. To Oxford Archaeological Guide . Oxford University Press, Oxford 1998, ISBN 0-19-288002-0 , ( Oxford archaeological guides ).

Coordinates: 51 ° 59'59 "  N , 4 ° 49'25"  W.