Discovering the Bronze Age - Community archaeology in Mold

Mold is a Flintshire market town situated in the Alun Valley in North East Wales. Its recognisable roots are medieval, with the church of St Marys dominating the town centre.

Whilst the town is medieval, Mold’s landscape is significantly older. The Mold Cape, discovered on a hill on the edge of the town, is one of the British Museum’s most important treasures and indicates that this area was part of a ceremonial centre of power and importance in the Bronze Age.

In celebration of the exhibition of the Cape over the summer of 2013 at Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales (AC-NMW), Cardiff and Wrexham Museum, in partnership with the British Museum, a programme of fieldwork with the Mold community was undertaken.

The objectives of the project were:

  • To facilitate fieldwork in the Mold Cape field, in order to better understand the burial context of the Mold Cape.
  • To raise awareness of the Bronze Age archaeology in the Alun Valley and to help profile the importance of the region.
  • To provide opportunities for the Mold community to actively be at the centre of research on the Mold Cape.
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