Officers. He is a Cardiff Archaeology graduate with a particular interest in western Iron Age enclosures, and he selected a small enclosure at Bayvil in the north west of the county, near Fishguard, principally because records of an early cist burial in the rampart added a potential post-Roman dimension. In fact the section put across the site by the Trust's Assistant Director, Heather James, turned out to be full of burials suggesting that it was an enclosed cemetery, possibly early Christian. One of the cist burials cut through the enclosure bank, which itself overlay a palisaded enclosure, produced a carbon 14 date of 665±60 ad. The Iron Age origins of the site are uncertain, but Sian Rees of the Welsh Office promptly scheduled the site (to the disappointment, I suspect, of the Dyfed Trust!) and arranged compensation to the farmer to avoid further plough damage, so that it will survive for future investigation. But there are a number of records of cist burials being found in these enclosures and one wonders how many of them will turn out to have been used in the post-Roman period as cemeteries.
the eastern Cleddau. Whilst excavation funds are provided by the Trust from Welsh Office grants, Harold Mytum, not being a Government sponsored 'Unit' has been able to seek outside finance and has received small grants both from the Society of Antiquaries and from the British Academy.
The ringwork that is wholly excavated is known as Drim Camp, which is one of two sites within the Drim farmstead; the other, known as Drim castle is presumed to be mediaeval.
Drim Camp proved to be a single farmstead enclosed by a bank and ditch. There was an entrance to one side with a four post gate tower: the gate was hung from the outer pair of posts where the central door-stops were still visible. Within the enclosure three different zones could be detected. There was a house zone, marked by numerous post-holes, and though no single house could be reconstructed, this was clearly the site of a large round house, several times rebuilt. To the west there were two four-posters, presumably
Excavations at Drim
In the investigation of the Llawhaden group the Trust has been joined by the Oxford University Archaeological Society under the direction of Harold Mytum. Harold Mytum, who is now the Sir James Knott Research Fellow at Newcastle University, was completing an Oxford doctoral thesis on small enclosures in parts of Ireland when he wrote to Don Benson asking him if there were any small enclosures in Dyfed that needed investigation. At that time the Trust was planning its programme for the Llawhaden group and so they decided to join forces. Following a programme of trial work by the OUAS and the Trust in 1980, completed by the Trust in 1981, the OUAS carried out the first of the total excavations, and has been conducting a detailed survey of sites throughout the upper reaches of
The excavated features at Drim fall into three main areas. To the centre and south, the mass of post-holes presumably mark the site of the round house. To the left, the 4-posters mark the storage area, while to the north, the area of burning marks the industrial zone.