This summer Bangor University‘s School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology will return to the site of the ‘double ringwork’ hilltop enclosure at Meillionydd, near Rhiw, on the Llŷn peninsula in northwest Wales for a fifth excavation season.
Despite producing one of the most well-preserved, abundant, and comprehensively surveyed settlement records in Wales, the archaeology of the area remains under-researched and poorly understood: few recent excavations have been carried out, chronologies are not well defined, and environmental assemblages are rare. The emergence and development of monumental features including hillforts, ringworks and hilltop enclosures, remain particularly enigmatic. This year, the project will focus on further examining the cobbled road leading from the entrance through the outer bank to the inner entrance, which was first discovered in 2012.
The excavation, taking place in June and July, is run as an archaeological field school for archaeology students. The project is also open to a limited number of external volunteers, all of whom will be trained in archaeological excavation and field recording techniques alongside the students. Preference may be given to volunteers who do have some archaeological fieldwork experience, depending on supervision capacity of excavation staff. Welsh-speaking participants are also preferred.
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