Is a ‘new’ village set to be unearthed in Anglesey?

A “new” village could be set to be unearthed near our holiday homes for sale in North Wales if research from a team of leading archaeologists proves correct. The Newborough Warren area in Anglesey is believed to be home to a medieval village that has been buried by hundreds of years of sand movement, which is believed to have dated back to the Dark Ages. The European research project started yesterday and will be investigating the changes that environmental change has brought to the coastal landscapes of the Lyn Peninsula, Cardigan Bay and Pembrokeshire in Wales and the South and East coasts of Ireland.The project is called Cherish, which stands for; Climate, Heritage and Environments of Reefs, Islands and Headlands with it being run by the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales in conjunction with Aberystwyth University. The archaeological research team will not only be running a fine-tooth comb over the Dark Age village in Anglesey, but they also hope to unearth some shipwrecks along the way too as they focus on maritime heritage sites most affected by climate change, coastal erosion, storms and the rising sea levels. The site at Newborough Warren is providing quite the buzz as a dig last year uncovered a buried house near the Menai Strait that researchers are calling Rhuddgaer.Senior investigator at the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments Wales, Dr Toby Driver said “Our fellow researchers from Ireland will use a specially-equipped boat to carry out multi-beam surveys under the sea. “Thanks to cutting-edge marine mapping, we’ll be able to take high-resolution images of the wrecks that foundered on undersea locations such as Sarn Badrig near Harlech. Some will have been there for up to four centuries and it will be the first time many of them will ever have been seen under water. “We’ll also be looking at Newborough Warren on Anglesey where a whole village is said to have been buried in sand hundreds of years ago. “Other areas include the Skerries, Stackpole, and the islands of Pembrokeshire as well as Irish coastal sites.” Aberystwyth University in Wales will look at the high-resolution records of environmental change from sedimentary and historical records led by Dr Sarah Davies from its geography and earth sciences department, who added: “Sediments in coastal peat deposits, such as those at Cors Fochno (Borth Bog), as well as those in lagoons and dune systems, provide a detailed record of past climatic change. “We’re particularly interested in how storm activity has varied over the last few thousand years and the lessons we can learn today from history. “Over historical timescales, documentary records can also provide valuable information about the changing nature of storm activity – and how communities coped with living in dynamic coastal environments.” It looks like we may have another historical site ready to be explored in the future, adding already to our monumental castles and history rich landscape near our holiday parks in North Wales. You may also want to read:North Wales best hidden facts  Surf Snowdonia to play host to the first Electric Wave Festival this summer

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