The CAPE (Culture, Archaeology, Prehistory Experience) Project comprises the construction of a visitor centre highlighting the Bronze Age and Celtic culture of north east Wales that could attract up to 150,000 tourists a year... continues...
An article about the long running survey of Prehistoric Funerary & Ritual Monuments in Wales, being carried out by CPAT on behalf of Cadw. The page includes photos of Gop Cairn and Moel Ty-Uchaf stone circle.
After a big climb up Arenig Fawr, we had time to spare so we decided a stop off here at Branas Uchaf would be a good end to the day, but it was getting late and would most likely be dark when we get there. But no matter how little we could see, or how hard the camera would have to work, it's usually better to be there than not, if it wasn't then you'd have to say that blind people should never go to some stones, they should.
We parked right next to the fence, ignoring my previous fieldnotes, but it was late, we hadn't come across other drivers on the way here, nor did any come by whilst we were there. Not springing lightly over the stile we ambled over, in the way that only someone whose just climbed a mountain can.
No time at all later and we were on the mound touching stone, which is nothing at all like stroking wood. My camera was the worst at penetrating the darkness, until I pointed it at something nearer then point back at the stones and keep real still. Presently, it's started raining, very lightly, but the only evidence of the sparkly sky water was when the flash went off, I thought I was seeing things at first, had an aneurysm decided to pop now ? here ? as good as place as any to go I thought. But it was just rain.
I enjoyed this little night time visit, it was funny coercing the camera into action, stumbling around in the darkness it reminded me of playing football in the dark when I were a lad. Good times.
Mold gold cape: Bronze Age site's 'exciting' new finds
An archaeological dig on the site where a priceless Bronze Age gold cape was found has unearthed new finds.
It had been thought nothing was left at the site at Mold, Flintshire after it was last excavated in 1953.
But a community dig led by archaeologists has now turned up tiny burned fragments of bone and small pieces of pottery.
They could turn out to be older than the Mold Gold Cape which was made 3,700 years ago from a single sheet of gold.
The cape, which was discovered in 1833, is one of the British Museum's most prized artefacts and it has been on show at Cardiff and Wrexham this summer.
It was found with a skeleton in a burial site.
The latest discovery could mean the site had some significance further back than many expected, according to archaeologist Mark Lodwick, who is finds co-ordinator for Wales for the Portable Antiquities Scheme.
This manages artefacts unearthed by the wider community.
"The cape is one of Britain's, one of Europe's best artefacts in fact, it's a fantastic object," said Mr Lodwick.
"But the site where it was found has been neglected somewhat and it has been great to work with the community to fill in some of the gaps".
Mr Lodwick, who is normally based at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff, has been working with colleague Alice Forward, a community archaeologist and they believe the community dig may have unearthed fragments which pre-date the cape.
"We might have small remnant pieces of the early Bronze Age monument," he said.
"We've got to take them back to the museum for proper examination but at the moment it's looking very exciting."
"What we might have is earlier use of the land."
A suspected burial site belonging to the early medieval period, is also thought to have been discovered nearby.
But it will not be excavated during this dig as the whole excavation site is to be closed on Saturday.
And Mr Lodwick said that may mean experts returning to the site in the future to explore further.