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05Jan

AB Heritage publishes it's first E-Book

Love-Lodge-Farm

Significant discoveries were made during archaeological excavation works carried out on behalf of Carmarthenshire County Council, in advance of the construction of the new Ysgol Bro Dinefwr Complex at the site of Love Lodge Farm, Ffairfach. The works, undertaken by AB Heritage in association with Rubicon Heritage, revealed early human activity dating back to the early Neolithic period - around 6,000 years. 

The archaeological works revealed a total of five ring-ditches or barrows, which were used by the prehistoric settlers of this area as burial sites and monuments to their loved ones. This array of finds included what is believed to be the site of one of the oldest, if not the oldest, ring ditch that has ever been dated in Wales.

Andy Buckley, Managing Director of AB Heritage Limited, explained “the unexpected early date of the site was an incredible revelation for the team and highly significant, not only for Welsh heritage but for our understanding across the entire British Isles. We are immensely proud of the works undertaken. The publication of the project's E-book, which is free for all to download and enjoy, provides a fitting conclusion and a fascinating record of heritage of the site.”

The E-Book entitled ' A Guide to the Excavations at Love Lodge Farm Ffairfach, Carmarthenshire' is the culmination not only of the excavation work on site, but also of a number of local community engagement initiatives undertaken as part of the project. These included community dig events and interpretation boards installed at the site to bring the story alive for visitors to the new school.  Special mention must go to local volunteers who assisted the archaeologists with field walking and the recovery of stone artefacts. 

Commenting on the finds, Carmarthenshire’s education executive board member Cllr Gareth Jones said: “This is a very exciting find which adds to the rich history of the area, I’m sure this information will be interesting to the pupils of the new school.”

Sincere thanks and acknowledgments go to the many people and organisations involved at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr. The project was funded by Carmarthenshire County Council, who receive our thanks. Alongside Mike Ings of Dyfed Archaeological Trust, who has been particularly supportive of the project. Special acknowledgment must go to Faithful and Gould and the building contractors, Bouygues UK, for facilitating the work. Of course none of this work would have been possible without the dedication of the staff  from AB Heritage and Rubicon Heritage Services. 
 

For more information on the archaeology of the site please read our blog or see our short film of the five rings at Ysgol Bro Dinefwr Archaeology - YouTube

Download the interactive E-Book

Download the PDF form of the E-Book 

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