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The Archaeology of Llanelwedd Rocks . . . talk to the Radnorshire Society, 12 November 2011

Llanelwedd Rocks on the southern end of the Carneddau range seen from the air in 2008, with the Royal Welsh Showground just visible at the top right. CPAT Photo 08-C-109, photographed by Nigel Jones.

Bill Britnell gave an illustrated talk to an audience of about 50 members of the Radnorshire Society in the Metropole Hotel on the subject 'Archaeology of Llanelwedd Rocks', following their AGM. The talk looked at what had been learnt from a series of archaeolgocial excavations by the Reverend D. Edmondes Owen in the first decade of the 20th century, by Jack Spurgeon of the Royal Commission in the mid 1960 to early 1970s, and more by CPAT, between 2007-11, in advance of extensions to Llanelwedd Quarry. Excavated sites include a possibly Neolithic hut site, dating to perhaps 3000 BC, two Bronze Age cairns, dating to the period between about 2100-1700 BC, a farm complex including a longhouse and corn-drying kiln and a rabbit warren, all dating to the period between about AD 1650-1800. As well as describing these archaeological excavations, the talk also drew upon other evidence of land use history provided by the paintings of Thomas Jones of Pencerrig and various 17th- and 18th-century wills and probate records. The talk ended with a brief survey of other unexcavated sites on Carneddau, including other Bronze Age cairns, a possible Bronze Age standing stone, Iron Age hillforts possibly dating to the period 500 BC to AD 50, medieval house sites probably representing upland summer houses or hafotty, and a post-medieval cockpit.

Bill Britnell, November 2011

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