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gtfrftaeflljjjgia: €mhmxm. FOURTH SERIES.—VOL. XI, NO. XLIV. OCTOBER 1880. PEMBROKESHIRE EARTHWORKS. A visitor to Pembrokeshire, whether archseologist, geo¬ logist, zoologist, botanist, or simply a lover of the beautiful, insensibly gravitates to our coast; and it matters not what point he selects, an ample reward awaits him, whether his attention is turned to the igneous and Cambrian rocks of the north, the old red sandstone and carboniferous limestone of the south, the Silurian slopes of Milfo*d Haven, or the millstone grit and coal-measures facing Carmarthen Bay,—all teem with interest; all are beautiful, some magnificent be¬ yond compare. One feature cannot fail to strike a stranger ; the coast-line, especially towards the south¬ west, is girt with earthworks; well nigh every wind¬ swept promontory has its camp, while the inland hills are crowned with rath, castell, and entrenchment, of every degree ; from the great Dinas, where a modern army might lie in safety, to little Blaingwaethnoe, which might be held by a dozen resolute men. According to the Ordnance Map there are in Pem¬ brokeshire fifty-three castells, fifty-three camps, seven¬ teen raths, six entrenchments, seven gaers,—one hun¬ dred and thirty-six in all; for though under five head¬ ings, the grouping appears arbitrary, except in the one instance of the raths, and even they differ from their neighbours philologically. 4th sbb.. vol. xi. 16