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Pillar of Eliseg: Archaeologists start to unearth Llangollen's past


Pillar of Eliseg: Archaeological dig under way in Llangollen

An archaeological dig is producing finds on the site of a historic 9th Century monument in Llangollen.

Within days of opening trenches on the site of the Pillar of Eliseg, diggers have found pieces of Roman pottery as well as shards of post medieval pottery.

Other notable finds include a spindle whorl at the top of the mound on which the pillar stands.

A third trench, in the adjoining field, has been opened where archaeologists are investigating features brought to their attention via a geophysical survey.

Medieval archaeology Professor Nancy Edwards, from Bangor University, who is leading the dig, says the site was first dug in the 1700s by the former land owner who claimed to have unearthed a skeleton.

She said the main aim of the dig was to understand more about the suspected burial mound on which the pillar stands.

Prof Edwards is blogging regularly about the dig via Llangollen Museum's Facebook page, along with other members of the dig team.

And the public will be allowed on-site during an open day (31 July), between 11am-3pm.

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