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16 March 2009
Anglesey rock-art project field school and excavation

From 18th to 22nd June 2009 Archaeology Safaris Ltd. will organize a 4-day Rock-Art Project Field School and Excavation in Anglesey (Wales). For the students taking part there will be an administrative cost to cover insurance, equipment, campsite costs, field tours and tutors, the total cost for the four days is £115.
     The excavation will be taking place at Llwydiarth Esgob Stone (NGR: SH436844). Noted in an article by Frances Lynch in 1974 that the boulder was in the garden of Llwydiarth Esgob near Llannerch-y-medd. A double cup and ring mark with groove and further cupmarks on a boulder approximately 1m in length. A recent photographic survey (Nash & Stanford 2009) has indicated that there is in fact much more to the art than previously thought. As well as the possibility of below ground rock-art the survey may have revealed distinct similarities with art of the Boyne Valley, thus strongly adding further to the suggestion of an Irish influence for the rock-art found in Anglesey and north Wales.
     Experts are investigating the possibility of further art below the present ground level and wish to record the panel complete, the stone may also have been removed from a now destroyed, but unknown monument nearby, so this will also be investigated as well as conducting rock-art surveys and recording at other monuments on Anglesey including Barclodiad y Gawres where we have discovered art in recent photographic surveys. Field tours of the many fascinating monuments on Anglesey will take place in small groups during the four days of the project. Techniques covered are, excavation and recording, special methods of photographic and other non/minimal contact recording of megalithic rock-art.
     If you would like to join the project then please contact Adam Stanford at enquiries@archaeology-safaris.co.uk and a deposit payment of £50 can be arranged via PayPal or bank transfer or cheque. Places are limited so do book early.

Source: Rock Art Mailing List (3 March 2009)

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