The winter weather has caused severe flooding and working conditions have become increasingly difficult. A polytunnel has been ordered to cover the excavations, wooden boards have been laid out and an earth bund has been constructed around the excavations.

The main body of archaeology remaining at the site is located within the Romano-British enclosure where several roundhouses have been fully excavated so far. There is a lot of work still to be done in this area and excavation and recording in and around these features will continue into January.

Progress on the roundhouses has been intermittent to allow the site to dry out and work has concentrated on the remaining archaeological features and deposits elsewhere.

Llandygai dig diary

October 24 to November 7

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Rain bad
progress good - roundhouse H drains
stake-lined pit
burnt mound being stripped
burnt mound under excavation
The excavation plateau to the east of the site has already revealed two burnt mounds and in the last couple of weeks a grouping of several burnt mounds with associated pits has been uncovered.  All of the mounds seem to be associated with the same alluvial channel which runs across the site. The most recent mound to be excavated is the most spectacular example discovered to date with two conjoined pits, a spread of burning covering a large area and a deep pile of burnt stone.  The rich deposits here should provide some good samples for post-excavation analysis.

Neolithic pits and burnt mounds in the north west of the development are isolated features.  The pits contain large quantities of pot which differs from the Neolithic pottery discovered in the pits found on the higher slopes.

Features on the lower slopes are being investigated. An interesting pit has been discovered with stake holes projecting from its walls at angles.  No such feature has been discovered elsewhere on the site.