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Dig diary from the Bryn Celli Ddu Rock Art project – augering and filming!

During the last few days the excavation has progressed, and we have made a large plan of the cupmarks on the rock art outcrop, to add to our photogrammetry and laser scan, so we have three ways of recording this surface, and later we’ll be able to compare and contrast…

Beaver planning the cupmarks on the rock art outcrop

Beaver planning the cupmarks on the rock art outcrop

We have also spent some time doing an ‘auger survey’ of the surrounding landscape, specifically looking at a paleo channel below the rock art outcrop and further afield.

Augering is the use of drill-like tools to take small samples or columns of sub-surface deposits. These are also known as ‘cores’ or ‘boreholes’. The advantage of hand augering is that it is fairly quick and easy to carry out, in comparison to more extensive excavation. It has been used here to test the depth of deposits, and to retrieve material for further analysis.

Ben and Suzie taking cores in the surrounding landscape

Ben and Suzie conducting an auger survey in the surrounding landscape around Bryn Celli Ddu

Today also saw our first media call, with HENO, a Welsh language magazine show coming along to interview Rhys Mwyn and me, to help promote the Archaeology Open Day on Saturday – it will be shown on Friday night’s show if anyone is interesting in watching!

Filming with HENO from S4C

Filming with HENO from S4C (thanks to Rhys Mwyn for these two images)

Ffion

About FfionR

I’m Ffion, archaeological researcher at Cardiff University and Heritage and Arts Manager for Cadw, the historic environment service for the Welsh Government. At Cadw, my role is to oversee projects that link heritage with the arts, inspire new ways of engaging people with our built environment and to link people with their local heritage and archaeology.

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One thought on “Dig diary from the Bryn Celli Ddu Rock Art project – augering and filming!

  1. Looks like the beginnings of a great project. Wish I was there.

    Posted by Selwyn Nash from Texas | June 16, 2015, 6:25 pm

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