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H 290 x W 205 mm

140 pages

128 figures, 7 tables (colour throughout)

Published Jul 2022

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781803273129

Digital: 9781803273136

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Moel-y-Gaer (Bodfari): A Small Hillfort in Denbighshire, North Wales

By Gary Lock

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Moel-y-Gaer (Bodfari) is the northernmost of a series of hillforts atop the Clwydian hills in Wales. Nine seasons of survey and excavation reveal details of Moel-y-Gaer’s ramparts, entrances and interior. Discussion situates the site within the later prehistoric settlement record for north-eastern Wales paying particular attention to hillforts.



Introduction ;
Survey – John Pouncett ;
Excavation ;
Environmental – Michael J. Allen and Alan J. Clapham ;
Radiocarbon dating and chronological modelling – Derek Hamilton ;
The Spindle whorls ;
Discussion ;
Conclusion ;
Artists in residence ;
Community involvement ;

About the Author

Gary Lock is an Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at the University of Oxford, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London and a Member of the Chartered Institute for Archaeologists . He gained a BA (Hons) in Archaeology from the University of Leicester and a PhD working on the post-excavation of Danebury hillfort.


‘The book is organised into ten crafted sections that cover the context of the site, the results of the initial survey and excavation, followed by specialist reports. Beautifully illustrated, it provides the reader with a fascinating account of the fieldwork and post-excavation programmes. It is a must-buy for anyone interested in the archaeology of Iron Age Britain.’ – George Nash (2022): Current Archaeology Issue 392