Pant y Butler Round Barrows 2009-10
In September 2009, trial excavations took place on the two upstanding round barrows. Very little survived of the smaller of the two barrows, although a central grave was located and excavated. This contained a cremation burial with no grave goods. It is likely that this grave had disturbed an earlier burial as burnt bone, charcoal and sherds of a presumed Bronze Age urn were scattered in and over it. What little survived of this barrow suggests that it was a cairn rather than an earthen mound. The central grave of the larger barrow was not located. This barrow survived up to 0.5m high and 15-18m diameter and was built of earth, mainly turf, but with a little stone. A feature on the top of the surviving mound seemed to be burnt plank in a stone setting. A stone-filled pit close by is likely to be modern, and possibly represents an antiquarian excavation conducted when the barrow stood to a far greater height. Other possible round barrows located during the geophysical survey proved to be geological in origin. It is hoped to complete the excavation of the larger barrow in 2010.
During September 2010, the larger round barrow was completely excavated. A stone-filled pit that in 2009 had been thought to be an antiquary’s excavation was found to be a large Bronze Age grave dug through the barrow and contained a cremation burial and a jet bead necklace. This large grave seems to have deliberately destroyed the primary grave of the barrow. A full report on the excavations will be prepared in 2010.
We would like to thank Mr David George for allowing the excavation on his land. We would also like
to thank the dedication of local volunteers, without whom the excavation would not have taken place.
Pant y Butler Report (in PDF format, opens in a new window)
Pant y Butler Round Barrows Excavation 2009 (in PDF format, opens in a new window)
Topographical and Geophysical Survey of Pantybutler, Llangoedmor, Ceredigion (in PDF format, opens in a new window)
Pant y Butler Final Report 2010 (in PDF format, opens in a new window)
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