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Thursday, 22 August 2013

Next Rhosyfelin dig coming up?

Interesting that my "Long History of Rhosyfelin" has now had 328 reads on Scribd -- so somebody out there obviously finds it interesting enough to look at.  But I have had no formal responses from any of the leaders of the dig to any of the points I have raised, or indeed relating to the accuracy (or otherwise) of what I say about the stratigraphy.  Thunderous silence.

I think the reluctance to debate this is really rather sad...........  so I wonder what is going on?

The only people honest enough to discuss a few points of fact and interpretation are a couple of the volunteer diggers, off the record.

From what I can gather, the next dig starts on 31 August.  I have no idea whether the team is going back to Rhosyfelin, or whether the key place this year will be Castell Mawr, where work was started last year.  Has anybody got anything to share?


Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this date. I am planning a trip to Pembrokeshire around this time and look forward to hearing more. Please do let us know if you hear of another talk - last year was very interesting.


TonyH said...

From what I have gleaned, the team is going back to both Rhosyfelin and Castell Mawr, and it appears the dig will last at least a fortnight, from August 31st. The English half of "The Stones of Stonehenge Project", in the vicinity of Clatford, near Marlborough, did not include further excavations this year, through lack of funding.Other, smaller scale investigations took place, including further geophysics.

BRIAN JOHN said...

Thanks Tony -- so Rhosyfelin is on the agenda again........

I wonder that they will do this year? I cannot imagine that they will excavate out all the material infilled again last year, so as to get back to the Sept 2012 situation again. That would be time-consuming and expensive, and probably a waste of manpower..... but I am just speculating.

Whatever they do, I hope they have a geomorphologist involved. I'm still amazed that thus far they have had nobody involved who is a specialist on periglacial slope processes and Pleistocene chronology.

Anonymous said...

Let me hazard a guess..

Firstly they will take a look under the big "orthostat".

Second they will test the hypothesis that stones were first moved to Castell Mawr by following up on the survey work from last year and by looking for some kind of roadway between the valley and the hilltop.

Could be the work last year raised some more interesting questions but, if so, they have been keeping very quiet.

Like you, I hope they involve a geomorphologist - maybe even one familiar with the local geography :)


BRIAN JOHN said...

Ah -- so they will be looking for a roadway between Rhosyfelin and Castell Mawr? Is there no end to this fantasising? They will probably find a patch of compressed soil somewhere and declare "This is it!!"