Moel Arthur Excavation Open Day

Walkers on the Offa’s Dyke path between the hill forts at Moel Arthur and Penycladdiau in August are likely to see archaeologists at work! 

Members of the Clwydian Range Archaeology Group (CRAG) are excavating a site lying on either side of what appears to be an ancient stream, and have found an intriguing range of worked stone tools which suggest activity in this area may go back several thousand years.

CRAG have been investigating this area for several seasons. This year grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund, as well as the Sustainable Development Fund for the Clwydian Range and Dee Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, have enabled the Group to excavate one of the ‘anomalies’ identified in a geo-physical survey carried out in 2010.

Previous excavation in this area has uncovered features such as a possible ‘burnt mound’, a ‘beehive oven’ and postholes.   

In addition, radiocarbon dates indicate that activity may go back to neolithic, possible even mesolithic, times.

On Saturday 12 August, between 10am and noon, an ‘Open Day’ will be held. This will enable visitors to see this year’s finds and hear more about this very interesting and unusual site from professional archaeologist Dr Ian Brooks.

Fiona Gale, County Archaeologist, said: “If you are planning to visit, you may like to join the guided tour starting at 10:30 am, which will lead you from the carpark on the eastern flank of Moel Arthur (SJ146656) up to the site, returning at noon or before.

“It is also possible to get to the site from the Coed Llanwyfan car park at the foot of Penycloddiau.  Please note that, approaching from this direction, you need to continue upwards until you are almost at the hillfort to see where we are digging.

“We look forward to welcoming you and showing you what this site contributes to our understanding of the pre-history of the Clwydian Range.”

For further information contact Fiona.gale@denbighshire.gov.uk

Posted on Friday 11th August 2017