Darganfod – Discovery Conference – Saturday 10th April 2021


Cambrian Archaeological Association

in association with Cardiff University


a celebration of new archaeological research in Wales

Saturday 10th April 2021

To be held online (Zoom)

Join us for a day dedicated to fascinating recent work on the archaeology of Wales and the Marches! This online conference, rescheduled from last year, is the first of a new series of biennial conferences which will showcase work supported by the Cambrian Archaeological Association Research Fund. The event, which is jointly organised with Cardiff University, will also provide an opportunity for early career academic and independent researchers to present research on Wales and the Marches.

The day will consist of a series of short (20 minute) presentations, with speakers available for question and answer sessions afterwards. During refreshment breaks we will display posters of postgraduate work in progress, giving you an extra opportunity to acquaint yourself with the latest new research on Wales. The day is expected to start at 9.30 and finish by 5pm.

Booking: The event is free, but online advance registration on Eventbrite is required – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/darganfoddiscovery-a-celebration-of-new-archaeological-research-in-wales-registration-140307087275
Please register by Thursday 8th April.
Any enquiries should be sent to Dr Rhiannon Comeau at cambrians1846@gmail.com.



List of speakers (for summaries of talks click here)


Dr Oliver Davis (Cardiff University) and Prof Niall Sharples (Cardiff University): Excavations at Caerau Hillfort, Cardiff, 2012-19: from the Neolithic to the Normans

Dr Toby Driver (Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales) and Dr Jeffrey L. Davies: The Romano-British villa at Abermagwr, Ceredigion: rarity and innovation at the most remote Roman villa in Wales

Dr Alan Lane (Cardiff University): The Llangorse crannog: a short-lived Welsh royal site of the Viking Age

Prof Gary Lock (Kellogg College, Oxford): Moel y Gaer, Bodfari, a small hillfort in the Clwydians, Denbighshire

Prof Mike Parker Pearson (UCL Institute of Archaeology): The origins of Stonehenge: the bluestones and Preseli

Dr Andy Seaman (Canterbury Christ Church University): Hillforts and power in post-Roman Wales: a GIS-enabled analysis of Dinas Powys



Adelle Bricking (PhD candidate in Archaeology, Cardiff University): Life and death in Iron Age Wales: preliminary results from histological and stable isotope analysis from Dinorben and RAF St Athan.

Dr Rhiannon Comeau (recently published PhD, UCL Institute of Archaeology): Pre-Norman focal zones and seasonality: a cantref-level case study

Dr Alice Forward (Allen Archaeology): Lordship and communality in the 13th century. Four ram aquamaniles from South Glamorgan

Eirini Konstantinidi (PhD candidate in Archaeology, Cardiff University): If the dead could talk: a taphonomic approach to Neolithic mortuary treatment in the caves of Wales

Dr Rachel Swallow (Honorary Research Fellow, University of Liverpool; Honorary Visiting Research Fellow, University of Chester): A square peg in a round hole: new interpretations for the eleventh-century northern Anglo-Welsh border, as told by the misfit Dodleston Castle in Cheshire