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The 2000 Excavation Season

2000 was the seventh year that Dr Mark Redknap and his team excavated at Llanbedrgoch. By this time they had already found a large stone wall that enclosed the settlement between roughly AD850 and AD1000. Within the interior he had also uncovered a range of buildings as well as a number of human burials which are now being analysed.

The importance of the site for the study of Viking Age Wales was clear - but there was still much more work to be done.

At the start of the 2000 season Mark said:

"One part of the site has looked particularly promising from the outset - the spring in the southern half of the enclosure - but we postponed its investigation until now, preferring to focus on understanding the basic site layout. New surprises and challenges may of course be sprung, but we should now be prepared."

Find out what Mark uncovered in the spring, and discover what surprises he encountered as the 2000 season got underway.


Two trenches were excavated in 1999, the Spring Trench and the Eastern Trench - both were placed to answer specific questions.


Evan supervised the spring trench which was positioned it to find out more about this feature, and its importance for the lives of those living within the enclosure.

Site plan
Location of spring trench


The eastern trench was positioned in order to find out more about the south eastern section of the enclosure and the significance of a mound of rubble in the field. Mark supervised the work here.

Site plan
Eastern trench
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