Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari, Denbighshire

Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari - View from north

Directed by Gary Lock and John Pouncett

Fieldwork started in 2011 and is ongoing.  Featured in the November/December 2015 edition of Archaeology magazine, click here to read more.

Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari, is one of several hillforts in the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in North Wales and lies just outside of the area covered by the Heather and Hillforts Project which focussed on six hillforts. Following on from this ground-breaking work further investigation of these impressive hillforts has been done by Bangor University and by Liverpool University. By integrating with this increasing body of evidence our work at Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari is adding to an evolving regional approach to understanding the Later Prehistoric settlement record of the area.

Bodfari is the lowest of the Clwydian hillforts at c 200m, positioned outside the village of Bodfari, 5 miles north-east of Denbigh in the northern Clwydian Range, (NGR SJ 0950 7080). It is situated on the top of a discrete hill strategically located overlooking the confluence of the Rivers Chwiler and Clwyd with an enclosed area of c 2ha. The site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument (FL073).

Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari - Trench 1         Moel-y-Gaer, Bodfari - Geophysics

Excavation has targeted various anomalies indicated by the geophysics including a group of possible pits and other cut features and a roundhouse positioned on a levelled terrace. In 2013 we also started to explore the structure of the middle rampart which shows several possible phases of construction.

The 2017 season

Excavation will continue from Sunday July 16th until Friday July 28th 2017. We welcome volunteers although no accommodation is available, you will have to make your own arrangements locally.

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Funded by The Cambrian Archaeological Association, The Clwydian AONB SDF and private donations.

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