Llandygai dig diary
July 11 to July 17
Stripping has continued on the two upper plateaux. The exposed surfaces are carefully examined and features are suveyed onto the site map and recorded. Significant features are excavated straight away.
Three groups, each of three pits, have now been recognised in this area, all with Late Neolithic pottery in their fill, some of it Grooved Ware.
A finely worked flint Early Bronze Age barbed and tanged arrowhead was exposed during machine stripping, a little further down the slope.
Excavation is continuing in the area of the roundhouse although the hot dry weather is making it difficult to recognise soil colour differences. Hopefully it will rain next week... but not too much!
Several clay-walled round houses have now been recognised in north-west Wales. The outer wall is wide and built of clay, sometimes clad with stones. An outer concentric storm drain is typical on the up-slope side. These houses were in use over a long period during later prehistory and are generally larger than their Romano-British successors.
Gemma, recording one of the pits
Another probable clay-walled round house has been found in the same general area, at the lower end of the site.