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Hyssington Dig Diary starts today

Hyssington, Cwm Mawr, Corndon !

Formidable Bronze Age weaponry (and 50 pence).
A picrite axe hammer and battle axe from Cwm Mawr Hyssington; photo 2485-0050 © CPAT

The 15th September 2008 saw the start of a three week excavation by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust of what is thought to be the site of a Bronze Age Axe Factory near Hyssington on the Powys / Shropshire border. The site, also known as Cwm Mawr and Corndon, was first identified in the 1950s as the source of the picrite rock used to make the splendid axe hammers and battle axes you can see in the picture on the right. The axes, although not common, have been found across most of the UK, which suggests that the now tranquil Hyssington 'factory' may well have been a hive of industry over 3000 years ago. The axes illustrated here were both found locally and can now be seen in the Powysland Museum in Welshpool.

Work last year by CPAT looked at some of the potential quarrying sites for this particularly distinctive ignious rock, and this year we are continuing to explore the area. The excavation is being carried out in conjunction with the National Museum of Wales, and Ken Brassil of the Museum will be organising site visits and other activities with local schools during the dig.

Last year's survey and excavation generated much interest locally and this year we will be keeping a Dig Diary as the work progresses, so follow this link to see the excavation unfold week by week.

Chris Martin, September 2008

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