Community Archaeology

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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

Bryn Celli Ddu Project – Laser scan results

As part of our Bryn Celli Ddu project on Anglesey, we are creating an animated fly-through of the passage tomb and surrounding landscape. One of our aims is to create a digital record of the Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb, and during the 2015 season we completed a laser scan of the monument. Here are … Continue reading

Bryn Celli Ddu landscape project update 2016

We have returned to the Bryn Celli Ddu landscape again this year, working in the field next door to the main monument looking for the remains of a Late Neolithic/early Bronze Age cairn which was originally excavated as part of the investigations made by W. J. Hemp in the late 1920s. At the same time … Continue reading

Prehistoric Gower BBC Radio 4

Writer Iain Sinclair seeks the UK’s oldest burial site in a cave along south Gower’s windy clifftops. The ‘Red Lady of Paviland’ was interred in a cave 26,000 years ago, the bones decorated with red ochre. But, as he tells Helen Mark, “she” was in fact a he, buried with jewellery and alongside a mammoth’s … Continue reading

Exploring a hidden ritual landscape at Bryn Celli Ddu

We’re very excited to announce that we’ll be returning to the Bryn Celli Ddu landscape on Anglesey, for the second season of our public archaeology project this June! The project will focus on the landscape surrounding one of Wales’ famous Neolithic passage tombs – Bryn Celli Ddu, exploring hidden features that have been previously overlooked.  … Continue reading

Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb revisited: New ERT results

We recently published some Bryn Celli Ddu project results in the Antiquity Journal. The results come from an electrical resistance tomography (ERT) survey of the Bryn Celli Ddu mound and its immediate surroundings. ERT is based upon the principles of resistivity, producing transects of varying depths. We surveyed half the monument, with transects at parallel 2m … Continue reading

Artist Report: Angela Davies at Bryn Celli Ddu

As part of the Bryn Celli Ddu public archaeology project in June 2015, we worked with Angela Davies, our amazing artist in residence during the excavation. It was fantastic to work with such an inspirational artist, and we are hoping we can develop some of the ideas we started last year in this year’s project. Catch … Continue reading

Dig Diary 18/06/15 – working in the landscape around Bryn Celli Ddu

The last couple of days we’ve been looking further afield, and exploring the wider landscape around the main Bryn Celli Ddu monument & the first outcrop we’ve been exploring. To our surprise and delight, we have come across 4 new rock art outcrop sites, with lots of new cupmarks. The one we are working on … Continue reading

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… We have also spent some … Continue reading

Some more about the first week at the Bryn Celli Ddu Rock Art project

As part of the project here on Angelsey, we have been working with artists and laser scanning experts at the main passage tomb of Bryn Celli Ddu. One of our aims is to create a digital record of the Bryn Celli Ddu passage tomb, and in the last week, we have been lucky enough to … Continue reading


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