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Shropshire Archaeology Day, 2009

Excavating the ditch at the Womaston neolithic causwayed enclsoure; photo 2627-0126 © CPAT

On the 7th November, an audience of around 100 people attended the series of lectures in Shirehall, Shrewsbury, organised by Shropshire Archaeology Service. One of the five lectures was given by CPAT’s Nigel Jones, entitled The continuing search for prehistoric Mid Wales. This presented a summary of recent work by CPAT investigating a range of prehistoric funerary and ritual monuments as part of an on-going project funded by Cadw. The talk focused on three complexes of monuments where recent survey and excavation has shed new light in a variety of important monuments:

The Walton Basin has a collection of sites which is unparalleled in Wales and recent work has investigated the Womaston causewayed enclosure, a potential cursus at Hindwell, as well as an unusually large ring ditch and a Neolithic palisaded enclosure at Walton, where further work is planned over the coming months.

Excavations in conjunction with the University of Bradford at the Dyffryn Lane neolithic henge in 2006, © CPAT

The Dyffryn Lane complex near Berriew has been the focus of archaeological attention for some years, with more recent excavations including the Dyffryn Lane Henge, in conjunction with Bradford University, and a newly discovered cursus.

Decorated 'Beaker pottery' found at the Meusydd henge; photo 2460-0109 © CPAT

Finally, a group of cropmarks at Meusydd, near Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant were investigated in 2007, including a henge and two timber circles.

Nigel Jones, October 2009

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