Wednesday, 18 June 2008

An exploration of hillforts in Denbighshire

From Denbighshire Free Press.

On Saturday, June 21 visitors are invited to hear presentations from three national archaeologists about the Iron Age, combined with a two-mile site visit to the spectacular hillfort of Caer Drewyn.

The day will include presentations from Dr Toby Driver, aerial archaeologist for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, and Kenneth Brassil, learning officer for Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales.

They will discuss the function, history and elements of hillforts and roundhouses in the Iron Age (800BC to 43AD).

George Smith, of Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, will talk about the hillforts and settlements of North Wales.
The event will include a site visit to the magnificent hillfort of Caer Drewyn, built around 2500 years ago.

Unlike other hillforts in the area, Caer Drewyn does not have earthen banks or ditches (ramparts) but a large dry-stone wall, the remains of which can still be seen today.

Dr Driver said: "This Iron Age day should really challenge everybody's view about what hillforts were.

"Do we imagine angry Celts holding back the Roman armies from their hillforts with spears and chariots, or a more peaceful way of life focussed on farming and families?

"Caer Drewyn is a great place to explore these issues."

Welcome to the Iron Age will run from 10am until 4.30pm, meeting at Corwen Sports Pavilion and participants are asked to wear suitable clothing and bring a packed lunch. Tea and coffee will be provided on arrival.

The event has been organised by the Heather and Hillforts Project. To book a place or for further information phone 01824 708257 or email

*There will be another chance to see Caer Drewyn next month. A four-mile tour will start at Caer Drewyn before travelling by minibus to Pen y Cloddiau, one of the largest hillforts in Wales with massive earth ramparts.

The tour will be staged on July 18 (10am to 4.30pm).

Interested participants are asked to take along a packed lunch or book a pub lunch on the day. Corwen Leisure Centre car park will be the meeting point and the cost to go on the tour is £2.50.

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