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Meillionydd

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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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