So I dedicated my Friday to exploring some familiar sites with my MA Archaeology of Death and Memory students Scott and Afnan, as discussed in my recent posts about Bryn Celli Ddu, Bodowyr and St Winifred’s Chapel and Holy Well.
Yet we also visited the fabulous and rare survival of a lowland fortified residence of the Iron Age and Roman periods at Caer Lêb, Brynsiencyn, on Anglesey not far from Bodowyr. Having already blogged about this site, and, with no discernible change in its appearance, there’s no real reason for a repeat blog other than for completeness.
However, it does allow for an opportunity to use Scott and Afnan as valuable photographic scales to give a better sense of the scale of the surviving earthworks than would otherwise be possible. Even the best photography on a clear day is a challenge to bring out the impressive nature of the denuded, but still discernible and prominent, banks and ditches.
It is also worth visiting for the purposes of our field trip for comparative purposes in regards to heritage interpretation. It served to illustrate to Scott the stark contrast in clarity of text and efficacy of the images deployed between the older and newer heritage sign boards Cadw have on display at Bryn Celli Ddu and Caer Lêb. At this Iron Age site, the text is coherent and logical. The first two paragraphs pack in a lot of information, although the last paragraph leaves a lot of things unclear to the reader.
Meanwhile, the images – an artist’s reconstruction and an aerial photograph – effectively convey information not readily discerned from the surviving earthworks.