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10-year anniversary events at iconic ancient history site

ANCIENT Archaeology Alive as Bryn Celli Ddu hosts living history and folklore events on Anglesey, to celebrate 10th year anniversary

Step back in time at Bryn Celli Ddu, near Llanfair PG, for living history and folklore events this June, that seek to interrogate landscape, ritual, folklore, and the celebration of archaeology through creative interpretation. Bryn Celli Ddu is one of the most famous archaeological sites in Britain, the 5,000-year-old tomb was once constructed to protect and pay respect to the remains of ancestors.

Between 11–4pm on the 15 of June 2024, an open day celebrating the prehistory of Wales and beyond will take place at the Bryn Celli Ddu. This year we are taking a focused look at the archaeology and ancient history from the Neolithic and Bronze Age of Wales and beyond and highlighting the use of colour in the past.

Throughout the day, attendees will be invited to watch live flint knapping demonstrations with flint experts Ancient Crafts; take a bilingual archaeology tour of the monument with the famous punk antiquarian Rhys Mwyn; explore the archaeological excavation and join in a tour of the current trench; watch demonstrations of ancient rock art making techniques; through to finding out more about ancient natural dyes, ochre mineral paint pigments and the colourful geology of the island with Stone Science and GeoMôn geologists.

Between 4–8pm on 22nd of June 2024, visitors are invited to join archaeologists and artists at Bryn Celli Ddu for a fascinating afternoon of talks, tours and a folklore inspired procession and performance, as we celebrate the 10th year anniversary of the project. 

The event will welcome Ancient Ireland Music to the site, where new replicas of the famous Llyn Cerrig Bach horns will be played on the mound for the very first time. Art and archaeology talks hosted by Stone Club co-founder Matthew Shaw, will include Kristoffer Hughes, Chief of the Anglesey Druid Order and project archaeologists. Join in our colourful folklore procession; explore our current archaeology trench, and discover our ancient talismans, inspired by the excavation; and watch as the site comes alive with a new ritual theatre performance by internationally acclaimed artist Clare Parry-Jones.

The event is free to attend, but tickets are essential. Tickets available from the Cadw website.

Dr Ffion Reynolds, Senior Heritage Events and Arts Manager at Cadw, said: “Bryn Celli Ddu is an amazing monument, and a fantastic site to promote Anglesey’s abundant archaeology and history. Combining a monument’s rich past with the arts with events like this help to open up the sites for more people to enjoy and bring Welsh heritage and history to life in a memorable way.”

The event is a partnership between Cadw, Think Creatively, Galeri Caernarfon, Oriel Môn, GeoMôn, Môn CF, Manchester Metropolitan University and supported by the Arts Council of Wales.

For full summer events listings, visit here, find Cadw on Facebook or follow @cadwcymruwales on Instagram.

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