Castell Nadolig hillfort, Ceredigion
On the 5 March a break in the weather allowed the Royal Commission to carry out the first drone survey and ground recording of Castell Nadolig hillfort in south Ceredigion. This large 3.7 hectare hillfort on private farmland beside a busy road is the findspot of the rare Iron Age ‘Penbryn Spoons’ displayed in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Recent geophysical survey has also produced evidence for several burial mounds in and around the hillfort.
This ancient site now lies within controlled airspace for West Wales Airport and is in a military Danger Area so Toby Driver liaised closely with the helpful WWA air traffic staff to get the drone airborne – and landed again – within a tight operational window.
Watch this space for details of a local talk about all the new research this winter! #hillfortswednesday