LLAWHADEN SMALL ENCLOSURES
George Williams, Woodside and Dan-y-Coed, have also proved most interesting. At Woodside Camp an undefended phase of activity was followed by a palisaded enclosure, and finally by a ditch and bank, the latter apparently refurbished. Internal features were well-preserved immediately inside the bank, including occupation layers and rectilinear structures, perhaps 4-posters as at Drim. The occupation horizons have produced carbonised spelt.
granaries, one of which was later replaced by another four-poster on a slightly different alignment. The third zone, to the north, contained signs of burning and appeared to have been the industrial area. This main occupation appeared to belong to the latter part of the Iron Age and several sub phases could be detected.
There was, however, a later occupation separated from the first by a layer of humus. This consisted of two more or less rectangular areas of stone with no sign of any walls. The dating of this is uncertain; there is a considerable amount of mediaeval pottery in the interior which could refer to these hard standings, though it is more probably the result of manuring. However, away from the hard standings, but in the same level, the most remarkable find of the excavation was made, a small penannular brooch typical of the late Roman period and the only Roman find on the site. If the brooch and the hard standings go together, they could mark a late or sub-Roman occupation.
Bodringallt, the other site investigated by the OUAS is a hillslope site. Romano-British pottery came from a second phase. The other two ringworks investigated by
At Dan-y-Coed internal features were so well preserved that only very limited trial work was carried out. Again, at least two phases were in evidence, the latest stone built and set into a large platform in the hillslope. Soil build-up on this platform and behind the rampart had protecte d interna l feature s remarkably well, and these had been 'caught' by the excavation at a stage when any further ploughing would
Excavations at Drim. Overlying the Iron Age levels were two stone building platforms of a later period. The one in the foreground covers the 'industrial zone', while that in the background covers the entrance.
Photo: Harold Mytum