Bronze Age

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Bryn Celli Ddu landscape project: Week 1 round-up

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 … Continue reading

Ancient tomb like you’ve never seen it before: Bryn Celli Ddu in new CGI film

Work has been completed on an innovative CGI film that will bring Bryn Celli Ddu back to life. Known as one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Britain, the 5,000-year old monument was once constructed to protect and pay respect to the remains of ancestors. It is the only site in Wales that has … Continue reading

3rd 3D model of Rock Art from around Bryn Celli Ddu: revealing the work of prehistoric artists

As part of the Bryn Celli Ddu landscape project, we have been surveying the surrounding landscape and have identified 8 new cupmarked rock art outcrops over the last two years. Adam Stanford has been busy making 3d models of all the outcrops and we can reveal the second in a series as we countdown to … Continue reading

The blueschist stone pillar inside Bryn Celli Ddu

Bryn Celli Ddu – the Mound in the Dark Grove – is probably the best-known and best-preserved prehistoric monument on Anglesey, and is one of the most evocative archaeological sites in Britain. The monument was built in the later Neolithic around 5,000 years ago, and consists of a long passage that leads to a polygonal … Continue reading

Decorated with bone: my favourite miniature vessel

Bronze Age miniature vessels, also known as funerary cups, incense cups, pygmy cups or accessory vessels have fascinated me since I was an undergraduate. In this post, I summarise some of my thoughts about what they might have been used for, and return to thinking about their uses as shamanic objects. I have a look … Continue reading


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