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Jeff Spencer being interviewed by Dei Tomos of BBC Radio Cymru on the summit of Bryn Euryn.

CPAT and BBC Radio Cymru at Bryn Euryn

The Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust has a seat on the Advisory Committee for the Bryn Euryn Local Nature Reserve and when in late April BBC Radio Cymru needed some information for a programme about the archaeology and ecology of the reserve Jeff Spencer and the local CCW Warden were interviewed in Welsh, ‘on location’ by Dei Tomos of BBC Radio Cymru.

Situated in a commanding position above Rhos-on-Sea, Bryn Euryn is an Iron Age hillfort that has also been claimed to be the site of a Dark Age stronghold, possibly the citadel of Cynlas, first cousin of Maelgwn Gwynedd and King in Rhos in the first half of the 6th century. On lower land to the northeast and also within the nature reserve is Llys Euryn, a ruined medieval manor house on a site also associated with Maelgwn Gwynedd.

Orchid in bloom on Bryn Euryn: CPAT photo © 2356-0004

Trial excavations on Bryn Euryn by the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust during September 1997 revealed the base of a massive, well-built defensive stone wall, thought originally to have stood at least 3m high. Frustratingly, no occupation layers or dating evidence were found and the interior had also been damaged by Second World War RAF installations.

It is clear that further archaeological work is needed on Bryn Euryn to investigate the Dark Age association, but it is without doubt a wonderful location with spectacular views, once the steep climb and stiff breeze have been negotiated!

Jeff Spencer, October 2007

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