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Interested in archaeology? We have a fantastic opportunity to get involved with archaeological fieldwork. Join us for one (or more!) of our test-pitting days.

On the uplands above Llanfairfechan and Penmaenmawr lies a rare and internationally significant landscape, quarried more than 5,000 years ago, during the period of time known as the Neolithic.

The rock that outcrops on these slopes was used to produce beautiful stone axes, which were exchanged between communities and have been discovered across Britain. Axes and finds associated with them have been found locally including unfinished ‘rough-outs’ and the discarded flakes produced during the process of creating (knapping) an axe.

Our work aims to investigate the landscape in which these stone axes were made. This phase of work involves digging a series of test pits, 1m square holes, to investigate a major stone source for axes and to hunt for axe-working sites and potential settlements.

The work will be carried out by the volunteers under the supervision of archaeologists.

Session leaders
John Roberts, Snowdonia National Park Authority Archaeologist
Jane Kenney, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust Archaeologist

No experience necessary
All equipment supplied
Suitable for 18+
We are not currently able to offer places to under 18 year olds.

Event sponsors
This event is supported by Gwynedd Archeological Trust, Cadw and National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Volunteer sessions will be held:
Monday, 25 September
Tuesday, 26 September
Wednesday, 27 September
Thursday, 28 September
Friday, 29 September
Monday, 2 October
Tuesday, 3 October

All sessions are held between 9:30–16:30.

Ty’n y Llwyfan, Llanfairfechan

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This activity is suitable for people with moderate to good levels of fitness. The work takes place in a field accessed by a walk of about 500m uphill on a rough track. The field terrain is uneven and may be boggy in parts. The work will be outside, in the open, so it is necessary to be able to cope with the weather.

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Landscape of Neolithic Axes – Community Archaeology

Volunteer archeological dig days.