Emerging settlement monumentality in north Wales during the late Bronze and Iron Age: The case of Meillionydd

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In this paper, I outline the development of the 1st millennium BC settlement at Meillionydd near Rhiw on the Llŷn peninsula in northwest Wales, which evolved from an unenclosed cluster of roundhouses into a double ringwork enclosure embanked by two concentric drystone-faced earthen banks before being slighted and nearly completely flattened in what appears to be a rather labour intensive ‘closure’ rite. I then try to interpret the meaning associated with this process of enclosure and abandonment, and what it might tell us about the beginnings of a process of social evolution that turned the mostly egalitarian, kinship-based societies of the beginning of the 1st millennium BC into the highly hierarchised, aristocratic societies of the Welsh Middle Ages.


  • ARCHAEOLOGY, Iron Age, Wales, Settlement, Society, Meillionydd, Excavations
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCeltic from the West
Place of PublicationOxford
PublisherOxbow Books
Number of pages29
ISBN (Print)9781785702273
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2016

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