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More excavations at Llanelwedd

CPAT photo, Llanelwedd, 2008

Initial clearance of the north-east quadrant of the cairn on the second day of the dig. CPAT

The 20th October 2008 saw the start of five weeks of excavation by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust of a second Bronze Age burial mound at Llanelwedd near Builth Wells in central Powys. The site sits at the edge of a working quarry and the work is being funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund and Cadw with asitance from Hanson's Quarry.

The cairn is one of a number of sites recorded on Llanelwedd Rocks, overlooking the Wye Valley in Radnorshire. Although there is no record of any previous excavation at the site a small central crater became visible once the covering vegetation was cleared away. This may indicate that the site was dug into in 1906, at the same time as the neighbouring cairn (excavated by CPAT in 2007) was partially excavated. It is hoped that the excavation will uncover structural details of the cairn and provide clues about its construction date. Last year's dig showed the adjoining cairn had been built around and over a central burial cist, surounded by a kerb of upright slabs and covered with a mound of stones. It is hoped that this year's work might reveal simliar evidence.

You can watch the excavation unfold day by day by following this link to the daily Dig Diary.

Chris Martin, October 2008

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