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Ffynnon Elian excavation

Over the weekend of 6th and 7th June Bob Silvester of CPAT provided expert guidance for the membership of the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay History Society who undertook a small excavation to the south of Ffynnon Elian (Saint Elian’s Well) at Llanelian, Conwy County Borough. The aim was to locate a cottage once believed to have stood at the site at the same time as introducing the Society membership to archaeological excavation and recording techniques.

While no convincing evidence for a cottage was revealed and despite appalling weather on the Saturday the feedback received has been overwhelmingly positive, as evidenced by the quotes below….

“Bob’s explanation of what we were doing, and why, made the dig more interesting – especially as he explained his thought processes on the possible meanings of what was uncovered in a clear and interesting way”-Society member.

“I always wanted to go on an archaeological dig and thoroughly enjoyed it”-Society member.

“Thanks to your knowledge and experience the weekend was both informative and instructive, tempered with a hint of cynicism to ensure reality was kept in focus!”-Secretary, Llandudno & Colwyn Bay History Society.

We hope to further develop our good relationship with the Llandudno and Colwyn Bay History Society in the future.

Jeff Spencer, June 2009

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