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Thursday, 10 May 2018

Foel Drygarn


I found this fabulous image of Foel Drygarn on the Internet Archaeology site -- I think it is a Cadw image originally.  It shows up extraordinary detail because of the very low winter sun and the sprinkling of snow.   We can see clearly the pitted area of hut circles, the Bronze Age cairns, and the Iron Age fortified embankments.  A classic example of a site that has had intermittent occupation over a very long timespan, and multiple uses as well.

7 comments:

GCU:In two minds said...

Odd that no lithics from there have turned up in the enchanted circle. Thomas thought they had. He was wrong.
Wrong sort of sacredness?? Or, scrappy rocks.
GCU

Super super picture.

Gordon said...

In William Evans dissertation on the geology of Prescelly he mentions stone walls that may be ancient.Do you know of any surveys that may have been done with regards to these walls and where i could access them?
Regards

chris johnson said...

Stunning picture. I have walked over the ground several times and never imagined this.

It is a reminder that people have been quarrying (collecting, picking up) stones on these hills for many years and many purposes. The fort is generally thought to be iron age and therefore hundreds of years later than Mike's putative stone circle. Who knows how many megalithic monuments were included in the ramparts of this iron age centrepiece ....

BRIAN JOHN said...

As I have suggested before, I'm reasonably confident that there are rhyolite quarries on the crags at the far end of the settlement site. They needed a vast amount of debris for their assorted building projects -- mostly in the form of smallish slabs capable of being lifted and carried by one man. More investigations are needed.....

BRIAN JOHN said...

I must ask Dave for permission to reproduce one of his fabulous drone images -- which shows things up in incredible detail......

BRIAN JOHN said...

Gordon

There are ruined enclosures and traces of stone walls all over the place. Some info in here:
https://brian-mountainman.blogspot.co.uk/2017/04/more-banc-llwydlos-records.html
But many more are unrecorded -- for example, if you walk on the plateau at Talfynydd you will find wall traces all over.....

Dave Maynard said...

How many words from your book for a drone image? Is that more than a thousand, or less?

Don't worry I'll sort out some images and appropriate words.

Dave