Crugiau Cemmais Round Barrow Cemetery 2009-13
Following the successful survey of spring 2009 described above, additional survey was carried out in the spring of 2010. This survey included a known round barrow and added to our knowledge of the sites discovered in 2009.
Following geophysical surveys in 2009 and 2010 four trenches were excavated across ditches of two large enclosures during 2012. The ditches were found to be substantial features, up to 4.5m wide and 2.7m deep, indicating a probable defensive function. As the ditch fills comprised clean, soft layers of re-deposited sands and gravels with very little charcoal or other occupation material it is likely that these ditches were not long-lived features in the landscape. Evidence for banks alongside the ditches was present in just one trench.
A second season of excavation in 2013 examined the oval enclosure to the east of Crugiau Cemmaes round barrows. The entrance of the enclosure was defined by substantial defensive ditches, and was associated with artefacts, including spindle whorls, of probable Iron Age date. These and other remains indicate that the enclosure is an Iron Age defended settlement. A second trench investigated a small rectangular enclosure within the oval enclosure detected on the geophysical survey. The rectangular enclosure surrounded an east-west aligned grave, and other similar graves lay nearby. No bone survived. Similar sites in Wales are of early medieval date.
Crugiau Cemmaes was a Dyfed Archaeological Trust/Pembrokeshire Coast National Park partnership project.
Crugiau Cemmaes Final Report 2013
Crugiau Cemmaes Interim Report 2012
Report of Crugiau Cemmais, Nevern, Pembrokeshire
Project Contact: Fran Murphy
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