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13 July 2006
Dyffryn Lane Henge Project

The project, directed by Dr Alex Gibson, is being run jointly by the Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust and the Department of Archaeological Sciences of the University of Bradford and is being undertaken with grant aid from Cadw and other sources. The fieldwork project will run from early July to about the middle of August 2006. It will focus on the investigation of the henge monument at the focus of the Dyffryn Lane prehistoric ritual complex - an important complex of monuments in the fields to either side of Dyffryn Lane, Berriew, in the Severn valley, about 4 miles south of Welshpool, Powys (Wales).
     It is hoped to find the excavation trenches dug in the mid 19th century in order to evaluate the preservation of the henge monument and degree of agricultural erosion, to test and date the perceived stratigraphical sequence at the site, and to place the site in its chronological and ancient environmental setting. Topographical and geophysical survey is being undertaken on other monuments within the complex in order to elucidate their form and condition. The project will also provide training in various field archaeology and excavation skills for students within the Department of Archaeological Sciences of the University of Bradford. A report on the project will be published in due course.
     It is hoped to arrange an open day at which visitors can come and see the site during the project. The dates of this open day will be announced in due course. Please note that all the sites mentioned here (with the exception of the Maen Beuno standing stone) lie on private land. Apart from the question of trespass, the excavations may also be hazardous and you are therefore asked to visit by appointment only, and not to visit the site out of hours.
     If you would like further information about the project, have a look at CPAT Website or please contact: CPAT - 7a Church Street, Welshpool, Powys, SY21 7DL Wales. Tel: 01938 553670 email: trust@cpat.org.uk

Source: Clwyd-Powys Archaological Trust

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