Moel y Gaer hillfort

3,000 year old Iron Age remains uncovered at North Wales archaeological dig

AN ARCHAEOLOGICAL dig in North Wales has unearthed Iron Age remains thought to be about 3,000 years old.
The excavation, by  Bangor University’s School of History and Denbighshire and Flintshire’s  Heather and Hillforts Project, was carried out on Moel y Gaer hillfort on the Clwydian Range.
Investigators discovered that parts of the site, which contain metal working slag and dry-stone facing, date back to some time between the seventh and second century BC.
No artifacts have yet been found, but excavation leader Professor Karl, head of the university school and professor of archaeology and heritage, said pottery was virtually non-existent in the area during the Iron Age.
He added: “We have recovered some quite substantial charcoal samples so we can try to arrange carbon dating, which should hopefully narrow down our dating range for the construction of the rampart.
“I consider the dig to have been a great success and the results will hopefully answer the research questions we started out with as well as having opened up a couple of new ones – which we may try to explore in further fieldwork either at Moel y Gaer at some of the other hillforts in the area.”

Heather and Hillforts Survey Report: Moel y Gaer, Lantysilio

Bangor Univesity News


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