Introducing a Research Framework for the Archaeology of Wales

 

 

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LATER BRONZE AGE AND IRON AGE WALES (1500 BC – AD 43)

There is reasonable knowledge of later Bronze Age and Iron Age settlement patterns through the survival of earthwork enclosures and hillforts. However, our knowledge of land use and how resources were exploited is limited and evidence for funerary or ritual activity is almost entirely absent.

The following are extracts/summaries of the key priorities identified for the period. For the full text, click on the All Wales Final Document link below.

  • Settlement and land use - We need to identify undefended settlements, understand their relationship with defended sites and study land use and agricultural practices.
  • The environment in Wales – Environmental analysis is needed to establish the impact of climate deterioration on agriculture and society in the later Bronze Age.
  • Ritual and burial – It is important to identify sites that can tell us about ritual and burial, and provide human remains for study.


 

Prehistoric field systems on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire. Crown Copyright ©RCAHMW (NPRN243692001–CS–0664A)

Prehistoric field systems on Skomer Island, Pembrokeshire.
Crown Copyright ©RCAHMW (NPRN243692001–CS–0664A)

 

 

 

Excavation in 2006 of a late prehistoric settlement enclosure at Ffynnonwen, Ceredigion. ©Dyfed Archaeological Trust

Excavation in 2006 of a late prehistoric settlement enclosure at Ffynnonwen, Ceredigion.
©Dyfed Archaeological Trust

 

 

 

Gold And Bronze hoard, Burton, Wrexham (1300-1150 BC) ©National Museum of Wales

Gold And Bronze hoard, Burton, Wrexham (1300-1150 BC)
©National Museum of Wales