Burnt mound

Into the Bronze Age, commercial excavations at Llanfaethlu Anglesey

Since 2014 C.R Archaeology have been the principle archaeologist at the new school development at Llanfaethlu Anglesey on behalf of Anglesey council. A desk based assessment, geophysics and trenching uncovered a large amount of late #Neolithic pit and a possibly #Neolithic house. Further evaluation in 2015 led to the discovery of three #Neolithic houses,the largest Neolithic settlement in Wales.

As of June 2016 C.R Archaeology have been carrying out a watching brief on behalf the construction company. To the south of the #Neolithic settlement this watching brief uncovered a large group of early #Bronzeage pits and a classic #Bronzeage feature in #Wales a Burnt mound.

A break in construction this week has given the opportunity to start processing the large amount of pottery and stone artifacts.

Post ex and festivals

In the office today after two weeks out on a cliff edge excavating a burnt mound, not too unhappy as it is pouring outside and almost dark!

Its been a game of two halves today as I start on the post excavation tasks from the dig and also prepare for a Festival of British Archaeology event at A la Ronde near Exmouth.

Seatown, Dorset. The burnt mound can be seen eroding from the cliff about a meter down

Seatown, Dorset. The burnt mound can be seen eroding from the cliff about a meter down

There are flints to process and some pottery to clean. We also took lots of samples from the burnt mound so need to think what we need to know from them, and also sort out which charcoal sample we will send off for radiocarbon dating. We found two iron age ovens as well as the bronze age burnt mound, so the samples and pottery span over both ages. As for the flints they range from microliths to possible lathe tools a real mixed bag.

 

A lovely scraper from Seatown burnt mound excavations

A lovely scraper from Seatown burnt mound excavations

 

 

Lovely sherd of decorated pottery from the Seatown excavations

Lovely sherd of decorated pottery from the Seatown excavations

The black burnt mound at Seatown Dorset

The black burnt mound at Seatown Dorset

The ovens above the burnt mound level at Seatown Dorset

The ovens above the burnt mound level at Seatown Dorset

The event at A la Ronde will be a small one woman band affair, with lots of activities for the young one to do, environmental sort trays, finds identification, colouring, and a bit of knightly brass rubbing 🙂 another mixed bag!

More about the mound and all the other things we do as archaeologists here at the National Trust south west can be found on our blog archaeologynationaltrustsw.wordpress.com