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Heather and Hillforts at Penycloddiau

CPAT photo, 87-C-109 During May CPAT undertook a small-scale excavation to investigate the cairn on the highest point of Penycloddiau hillfort in the Clwydians. It has been suggested that the cairn may be a small Bronze Age burial monument and the excavation was carried out to determine its likely date and function. The work was undertaken as part of the Denbighshire County Council Heather and Hillforts project.

The excavation has proved that the cairn is indeed artificial, although unfortunately no dateable artefacts were recovered. However, beneath the modern walkers' cairn a number of stones were found which had been inscribed with dates between 1898 and 1927. The centre of the cairn had been disturbed by a pit which had been cut through the cairn material, and may have been associated with an Ordnance Survey triangulation station which was formerly positioned on the cairn.

Nigel Jones, May 2008

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