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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

'This is an extremely important site report, in its close detailing of Early- and Middle Iron Age architectural design and construction of a north-west hillfort. Bodfari was once a very complex site, confusing even the most skilled hillfort experts. Now it is expertly and efficiently interpreted by Lock and Pouncett, and hillfort studies reap the benefits of its rapid publication.' – Rachel Pope (2023): Archaeologia Cambrensis Vol. 172

Gary Lock and his team are to be congratulated on the prompt publication of their campaign of survey and investigation, as are Archaeopress for the production of an attractive, readable and affordable monograph; a PDF eBook for personal use can be obtained for as little as £16. The volume is recommended to all, and especially to students and Iron Age specialists seeking an up-to-date statement on the regional archaeology and research themes of later prehistoric Wales and the Borderlands.’ – Dr Toby Driver FSA (2024): The Prehistoric Society