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Plas Gogerddan, Excavated Features; Neolithic, Bronze Age , Iron Age And Early Medieval Barrows And Cemetery

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NPRN310262
Map ReferenceSN68SW
Grid ReferenceSN6261083500
Unitary (Local) AuthorityCeredigion
Old CountyCardiganshire
CommunityTrefeurig
Type Of SiteCEMETERY
PeriodGeneral
Description
1. The multi-period burial site - Iron Age to early medieval - at Plas Gogerddan, was excavated from 1986. Features explored included Iron Age inhumations associated with ring-ditches and an oriented inhumation cemetery with at least two rectilinear funerary structures, about 5.5m east-west by 3.0- 4.0m, the best preserved of these housing a single oriented grave and pit, aligned on an east-facing entrance.

A barrow is known immediately to the south-east of these features (Nprn402198), with a further example some 300m to the north-west (Nprn305836). The erect monolith, along with that across the road to the west, is thought to be an 18th century racecourse marker, although an earlier, possibly prehistoric origin cannot be ruled out.

References:
Murphy 1993 (ArchJ.149 (1992), 1-38.
Driver, T. and Charnock, R. 2001. Prehistoric flint finds from Plas Gogerddan, near Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Studia Celtica XXXV (2001), 341-350.


Similar, possibly funerary structures have been noted at Ffynnon (NPRN 308907), Bryn Mynach (NPRN 405314) and Croes Faen (NPRN 310263).

J.Wiles 13.02.04

2. New geophysical survey of the triangle of land at Plas Gogerddan was carried out by the Gwynedd Archaeological Trust in 2016, commissioned by the Royal Commission. The results of the work are published in Hopewell 2017.

T. Driver, RCAHMW, 2018

Reference:

Hopewell, D. 2017. A Geophysical Survey of the Multi-period ritual site at Gogerddan. Ceredigion Vol. XVIII, Number 1 (2017), 94-104.
Resources
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application/pdfAWP - Archaeology Wales Project ArchivesArchaeology Wales report no 1560 "Gogerddan Campus, University of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Archaeological Excavation" produced by Philip Poucher and Andrew Shobbrook, March 2017.
application/pdfAWP - Archaeology Wales Project ArchivesArchaeology Wales report no 1528 "Gogerddan Campus, University of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Visual Impact Assessment CD259" produced by Philip Poucher, November 2016.
application/vnd.ms-excelAWP - Archaeology Wales Project ArchivesProject archive metadata form relating to archaeological work at Gogerddan Campus, Aberystwyth carried out by Archaeology Wales, 2016-2017. Project No 2460.
application/pdfAWP - Archaeology Wales Project ArchivesArchaeology Wales report no 1498 "Gogerddan Campus, University of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion. Archaeological Evaluation" produced by Philip Poucher, September 2016.
application/pdfAWP - Archaeology Wales Project ArchivesDyfed Archaeological Trust report "Proposed Centre of Innovation and Enterprise, Gogerddan Campus, University of Aberystwyth, Ceredigion: Geophysical Survey" produced by Alice Day, August 2016.
application/pdfAWP - Archaeology Wales Project ArchivesPhotographic record of pot lid found during archaeological work at Gogerddan Campus, Aberystwyth carried out by Archaeology Wales, 2016-2017. Project No 2460.