Location: Near Rhiw, Llŷn peninsula, North West Wales
Dates: 01/06/2020 – 24/07/2020
Cost: Free for British volunteers, who do not need accommodation, food and transport. Prices for Field School students and volunteers requiring accommodation, food and transport are available on request.
Age: The field school accepts participants of any age. However, children under 18 need to be accompanied by a responsible adult.
Training / Experience: None, but depending on supervision capacity of excavation staff preference may be given to volunteers who do have some archaeological fieldwork experience.
Accommodation: In some cases, accommodation may be provided for a fee. However, places are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. If you would require accommodation, please get in touch.
Organization: School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, Prifysgol Bangor University
Name: Professor Raimund Karl
Address: School of History, Welsh History and Archaeology, Prifysgol Bangor University College Road Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG United Kingdom
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382247


PLEASE NOTE: The 2020 Meillionydd excavation has been cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we expect to continue our field work in June and July 2021.

Field school students and volunteers at work at the 2016 excavation. [Image: Prifysgol Bangor University/ R. Karl]

Meillionydd is a Late Bronze Age / Iron Age double ringwork hilltop enclosure, near Rhiw, on the Llŷn peninsula in northwest Wales.

The site has been partially excavated by Bangor University’s School of History, Philosophy and Social Sciences from 2010 to 2017.

The excavations in the entrance area were finished in 2015 and a cross-section of the site was completed in 2016. These excavations have revealed a very detailed stratigraphy with at least eight main building phases, some of which contain multiple subphases.

In 2020 we will continue our research in the northern half of the enclosure. We will continue the excavations west of the 2017 trench, where we will excavate part of the inner and outer boundaries. As most building activity took place next to the banks of the enclosure, this area is likely to contain complex stratigraphy. Our research will allow us to further unravel that stratigraphy.

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