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Guided walk around sites and monuments of the Brenig Valley

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BBC Wales History BBC Wales History | 13:35 UK time, Tuesday, 10 May 2011

This Saturday, 14 May, there is the opportunity to attend a guided walk in the Brenig valley. The walk is designed to appeal to all those who enjoy upland scenery and are interested in knowing more about ancient sites.

The archaeological exploration of the uplands of Wales has been under way for the past 20 years as part of the Royal Commission's Uplands Archaeology Initiative. The uplands are an important archaeological resource rich in remains of all periods. Site survival is generally good due to low population and isolation from intensive land use in recent centuries.

The north Wales uplands, and in Denbighshire in particular, have featured strongly in the project. As fieldwork has progressed and a survey of recognisable upland blocks is completed, a programme of publication has begun. The first in a series of books on the upland heritage of Wales is Mynydd Hiraethog/The Denbigh Moors.

An important component of the area is the Brenig valley which has been the focus of human activity for many thousands of years. The valley is well known for its Bronze Age burial and religious monuments which were excavated in the 1970s and most have since been restored to form part of a waymarked archaeological trail. More recently it has been the subject of detailed survey work carried out by the commission to complement the publication.

This walk will be a tour around the cemetery, taking in sites of later periods and presenting the results of recent fieldwork.

The walk will be around 4 miles and of moderate intensity, graded 'C' by the Ramblers' Association, and will be led by professional archaeologists who have been studying the area.

If you would like to attend the walk you can register your interest by contacting Jane Durbin on 01970-621234 or jane.durbin@rcahmw.gov.uk.



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