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Volunteers for Bryn Celli Ddu dig

An appeal is being made for volunteers to join archaeologists to excavate in the surrounding landscape of Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb on Anglesey.
The team behind the dig — led by staff from the Welsh Government’s historic environment service, Cadw, University of Central Lancashire and Manchester Metropolitan University are calling on local volunteers to join the team for a two week excavation taking place this summer.
During the dig, due to begin on 11 of June, archaeologists hope to find further evidence of a Late Neolithic / Bronze Age burial cairn located meters from the main Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb.
There will also be opportunities to explore the surrounding landscape, recording the eight new rock art panels found during the last two years. Dr Ffion Reynolds, from Cadw, said the dig would end on 24 of June and participants do not need any prior knowledge of archaeology to take part, just a curious mind.
She said: “There’ll be opportunities for archaeological investigation, geophysical survey, field walking and we also need people to help record our new rock art panels.”
The main passage tomb and cairn were built around 4,800 years ago, and the project is building up a picture of a complex landscape of activity, from burial locations to sites of pilgrimage. Dr Seren Griffiths, from University of Central Lancashire, said “the nature of the monument and the rock art at Bryn Celli Ddu makes it internationally important.”
Members of the public will also get a chance to experience a real life dig and see the newly discovered secrets, when Bryn Celli Ddu plays host to an open day on Saturday 17 June, between 11am and 4pm.
To sign up to be a volunteer, get in touch with Dr Seren Griffiths from the University of Central Lancashire on Public events:
The archaeological open day (17 June, 11am – 4pm) is free to attend, and no booking is required.
The stargazing event (16 June, 9.30pm) is £5 per ticket, places are limited. To book phone Dark Sky Wales on 07403 402114.

Read more: Call For Volunteers For Third Season Of Bryn Celli Ddu Landscape Excavation


Stories in stone walk and exhibition launch Saturday 21st July

Sat 21 July; 13.30-16.30

Come and see our brand new exhibition about stone working at the extraordinary Neolithic quarry at Graiglwyd, Penmaenmawr. The launch will begin with a guided walk to visit the quarry site and its surrounding archaeological landscape, led by the Snowdonia National Park Archaeologist. After the walk, come along to New York Cottages Museum for light refreshments and to enjoy our new exhibition. Part of our two week celebration of stone working in Penmaenmawr - 'Stories in Stone'.

Location: New York Cottages Museum, Unit 4, New York Cottages, Bangor Road, Penmaenmawr, Conwy. LL34 6LE. Easily signposted off the A55 between Conwy and Bangor.

Org: New York Cottages Museum, Penmaenmawr
Name: Helen Bradley
Tel: 01492 575 535

Part of the Festival of British Archaeology 2012

Pembrokeshire (County)

Rock Art Field School in Pembrokeshire

The Welsh Rock Art Association are holding a field school in Preseli Pembrokeshire in Sept to Oct 2012.

Quite expensive, but thought I'd add it here

Anglesey (County)

Possible new cup-marked stone found on Ynys Mon

From 'WRAO' on Facebook:
"Six? possible cup-marks on a stone re-used as a gate post. The hole in the centre is for a gate bolt and is distinctly different in character to the standard bowl profile of the cup-marks. This stone is of an unusual geology but does contain fossils which could cast some doubt over its validity as a Neolithic / EBA stone. However there are a number of factors which work in favour of this hypothesis, which we will go into in more detail as we add it to the database."

There is a picture on the site.

Ceredigion (County)

Prehistoric landscape uncovered at Borth

From the RCAHMW blog at

"It’s a race against tide this week at Borth in Ceredigion. Archaeologists have a short window of opportunity to record, excavate and carry out palaeo-environemntal sampling of a large expanse of peat recently exposed beneath the sands on the beach. The peat together with a number of tree stumps and branches, provide a glimpse at the earlier Prehistoric environment, a time when the sea shore lay further west and this was an area of salt marsh. Of particular interest are the series of human and animal footprints fossilized in the now hardened peat surface, a line of post holes perhaps part of a causeway that once crossed the marsh, and also scatters of burnt stone, possible burnt mounds that are often associated with the Bronze Age.

A submerged forest to the north of this site has previously been studied by archaeologists

The emergency archaeological work is being carried out by staff and students of the School of Archaeology, History and Anthropology at the University of Wales Trinity St David. The Royal Commission has provided survey support, mapping the extents of the peat and other exposed features."
Lucky to live at the base of Moel Faban in the lovely Gwynedd countryside.

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