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Llanfrother fieldwalking


Llanfrother, Hentland, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June

Fieldwalking in the area of the 6th century monastery of St Dyfrig, or Dubricius, the earliest figure associated with Christianity in Ergyng (part of which would be late known as Archenfield).  Dyfrig seems to have emerged from the local Romano-British population and seems to have been active in the late 5th early 6th centuries.

Finds from this period are particularly rare. We know that there was some contact between the British and mainland Europe although the Germanic Saxons were occupying south-western Britain. Other British sites of the period have produced glass and pottery from Bordeaux, Greece and the Black Sea.

The group of people who walked at Llanfrother on Friday 9th. During the three-day project other people took part.



The field on the right was divided into two in the 1840s. The nearer piece was Llanfrother Orchard; further off was an arable field known as The Brums. Click image for Llanfrother page.


No material from the early medieval period was in fact found during fieldwalking.

However we did find about 50 prehistoric flints. Although we have found this sort of material in most area we have examined, the concentration here seems to suggest the presence of a settlement.

Flint tools found at Llanfrother. The coin is a modern British penny



a scraper



a blade



a broken arrowhead



The original shape of the arrowhead

Although the prehistoric finds were perhaps the most interesting things found, there were more recent objects.


18th century bottles found in a dump at Llanfrother



Pottery including Rhennish stoneware found at Llanfrother





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