The Glamorgan-Gwent Archaeological Trust
Historic Environment Record

The following information has been provided under the terms and conditions of access as detailed on GGAT’s website  Copyright is reserved on all data supplied by the GGAT HER Charitable Trust. All output resulting from the use of the data must acknowledge the source as follows:-
Derived from information held by the GGAT HER Charitable Trust copyright.

The data below is intended to be used for information and research only and is not for use as part of a commercial project.  If you wish to use information derived from material held by the GGAT HER Charitable Trust for publication in printed or multimedia form or to compile resources for commercial use, prior permission must be obtained in writing. For further information or to arrange a visit to the Trust please send an enquiry form to


Primary Reference Number (PRN) : 00495g
Trust : Glamorgan Gwent
Community : Portskewett
Unitary authority : Monmouthshire
NGR : ST4979088655
Site Type (preferred type first) : Roman Building / Roman temple / Roman villa
Status : Scheduled Monument

Summary :
Remains of high-status Roman building.

Description :
On summit of Portskewett Hill 'about 175 ft above sea level'. 'A short length of rubble walling 2ft 4ins broad has been uncovered, and the surrounding soil littered with roof tiles and other debris. Beside the wall were found bones of a young child, fragments of red-painted wall-plaster a piece of samian, form 31, and...nine bronze coins. Pieces of iron slag have also been found, and iron has been worked at various periods on the southern slope of the hill.'. Now appears as hollows and low mound in which stone appears; part of a wall can be seen. The site is heavily covered with bracken, brambles and shrubbery. Presence of wall-plaster suggests that it is a high-status site originally suggested as villa, also (in litt) as hill-top temple. Site location seems more typical of temple, but iron slag/working (if associated) may be more indicative of secular occupation. [Ironworking separately numbered 504g] (Evans 2001)

Sources :
Evans, E M , 2001 , Romano-British southeast Wales settlement survey: Final report ( © GGAT)
05/MM Photo/GGAT/Lewis W/1980//
03/PM List//Min of Works/1955/Anc Mons in Eng & Wales p93
02/PM Desc Text///1936/Arch Camb/V91/p378
04/MM Record Card/OS//1957/ST 48 NE 13/
01/PM Desc Text//Wheeler/REM 1923/Ant J/V3 p374
06/PM Desc Text/RISW/Wheeler REM/1923/BBCS/V1 pt4 p340
07/PM Desc Text//Collingwood & Taylor RG&MV/1922/JRS/p242-4
08/PM Mention//Grew FO/1980/Britannia/V1 p851
09/Desc Text/Cadw/Full Management Report/2005/Copy in further information file

Events :
E001657 : Romano-British Southeast Wales Settlement Survey (year : 1998-2001)
E003901 : DBA at Church Farm, Caldicot (year : 1993)

Related PRNs : 94859, 504g

Compiled date : 02-02-1988

March 24, 2019, 5:10 pm - HTML file produced from GGAT HER Charitable Trust Ltd. Heathfield House, Heathfield, Swansea SA1 Tel. 01792 655208; Fax 01792 474469 website:  email: Registered Charity no. 505609
Data supplied by in partnership with Local Authorities, Cadw and the partners of ENDEX © GGAT HER Charitable Trust, 2019 (and in part © Crown, 2019).