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Llanelwedd cairn booklet 2008
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Llanelwedd cairn booklet 2007

Llanelwedd Cairns, Builth Wells, Powys
Archaeological Excavations 2008 & 2007


Work in 2008

CPAT photo, Llanelwedd, 2008

Clearing away the bracken from the surface of the cairn in preparation for the 2008 excavations. CPAT

For six weeks in October and November 2008 the Clwyd Powys Archaeological Trust excavated a second Bronze Age burial mound at Llanelwedd near Builth Wells in central Powys. The site lies in a working quarry and the archaeological work here is being funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund and Cadw, with help from Hanson's Quarry.

The cairn is one of a number of sites recorded on Llanelwedd Rocks. Like the neighbouring example examined in 2007 (see below), it may have been partially excavated in 1906 but does not appear to have been examined in recent times. The excavation has confirmed that that this second cairn had been built over a large central pit, containing the burial, and has also revealed that it had been surounded by a kerb of boulders. As with the 2007 excavation dig director, Bill Britnell, complied a daily dig diary for the CPAT website. To review the story of the excavation as it unfolded day by day follow this link to that now completed diary.

Click here to download a copy of the booklet

To accompany the 2008 work CPAT have published a short booklet with further information about the excavation.
You can download a copy of the Llanelwedd Dig, 2008 booklet by following this link.



Work in 2007

CPAT photo, Llanelwedd, 2007

Setting out the grid in sunny weather on the first day! CPAT

The 8th October 2007 saw the start of a six excavation by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust of one of two Bronze Age burial mound at Llanelwedd near Builth Wells in central Powys. The site lay in a working quarry and the excavation has been funded by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund and Cadw.

The cairn was one of a number of sites recorded on Llanelwedd Rocks, overlooking the Wye Valley in Radnorshire. The site appears to have been one partially excavated in 1906, but which had not been examined since. The excavation has confirmed that the stone cairn had originally been built around and over a central burial cist, constructed from locally quarried stone slabs, but has also revealed that it had been surounded by a kerb of upright stones. These findings and many other details recovered by the work can be read by following the link below.

CPAT photo, Llanelwedd, 2007

The excavation came to an end on the 9th November and for every working day of those five weeks dig director, Bill Britnell (pictured here with the rest of the digging team in front of the excavated cairn), complied a dig diary for the CPAT website. To review the story of the excavation as it unfolded day by day follow this link to that now completed diary.



Click here to download a copy of the booklet

To accompany the 2007 work CPAT published a short booklet with further information about the excavation.
You can download a copy of the Llanelwedd Bronze Age Burial Cairn booklet by following this link.


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