We are at the end of our first week at the Bryn Celli Ddu landscape project 2017, excavating in the field immediately behind the passage tomb, with a great group of volunteers.
This year’s archaeological excavation started on the 11 of June and will continue until the 24 of June, and the focus has been on investigating a series of circular anomalies brought to light by conducting a geophysical survey over this field earlier in the year.
Last year, we were in the same field where the remains of a Late Neolithic to early Bronze Age cairn was re-excavated. This was originally excavated as part of the investigations made by W. J. Hemp and R. S. Newall in the late 1920s.
What the geophysical survey suggested was that several more circular shaped anomalies were located along the same ridge, which looked suspiciously similar to the Newall cairn in form and shape.
In order to prove one way or another if these anomalies were archaeological, we opened two trenches across two of the circular anomalies, and over the last week we have made some important discoveries.
In Trench 1, a cluster of prehistoric pits have been found. Inside these pits, a series of pottery fragments have been discovered, as well as some flint blades and flakes.
In Trench 2, we opened a further trench across the length of a second circular anomaly, and have come down on to a layer of stoney material, suggesting that this is another cairn. Hopefully, as the next week progresses we will find some reliable material to give the monument a date.
Over the two weeks, the excavation will host 100s of school children alongside youth groups and the general public.
On Saturday the 17 of June we hosted a free public open day, welcoming over 750 people to view the site and to take a tours of the open trenches. Thank you to everyone for taking part and coming along – it was a scorcher!
Ffion, Seren, Ben & Adam